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Brumbies Sign Rugby League Star
The Brumbies have signed a Rugby League star for the 2020 Super Rugby
The 24-year-old is a five-time capped Tonga and six-time capped New Zealand international and has put pen to paper on a three deal with Canberra-based side which starts next year.
Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar is delighted to have the utility back join the franchise as he adds further depth to the squad.
“He is a point of difference player with a physical profile to add to our squad. He is a very powerful and dynamic footballer who has the ability to stress any defensive line. At this stage, we see him as a utility back and we will be open-minded about the position he plays,” he said.
While the player himself, who has played league for the New Zealand Warriors as well as Melbourne Storm is excited to start this new chapter in his career.
“I have heard very good things about the Brumbies and how they have developed their players … I can’t wait to get to Canberra to start my professional rugby union career,” he said.
The back had a fantastic record with the Warriors side scoring 45 tries in only 93 matches, but failed to appear for Melbourne Storm. However, Brumbies fans will certainly be excited about having a new player with a lot of potential.
White’s Future Finally Sorted Out
Wallabies scrum-half Nic White has confirmed what team he shall sign for come the end of his contract with Exeter
White has signed a two-year deal that will see him through until after the 2022 Super Rugby season with his former employers, whom he lined-out for previously between 2011 and 2015.
The 29-year-old has admitted that he is delighted to be moving home in a couple of years time but is looking forward to the remainder of his time with the Chiefs before then.
“The Brumbies is home for me, and Canberra is home for my family, so to know that my future is set and that I’ll be back at the Brumbies. It’s so exciting. Right now, I’m completely focused on the Rugby World Cup and the Wallabies, and I look forward to getting back to the Chiefs and ripping in with them, but again, knowing I’ll be returning to a place and a club I love is really special,” he said.
White re-signed with Rugby Australia in order to take part in this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan and has since gone on to become the nations first-choice scrum-half ahead of Will Genia.
Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar is excited for White’s return and believes that he will bring a lot to the squad.
“We are thrilled to have Whitey returning to the Brumbies,” head coach, Dan McKellar commented. “He’s a world-class player, a player who demands very high standards of himself and expects the same of others. His work ethic, competitive nature and leadership will be so important to our squad when he returns,” he said.
During his first stint with the Aussie franchise he scored 162 points over 67 appearances before playing two seasons with French Top 14 outfit Montpellier and is currently starring for Exeter in the English Premiership.
Having made his Wallabies debut in 2013, he has gone on to feature in 29 tests and is set to play his 30th game for his country when they take on Uruguay on Friday where he is in the starting line-up as the Aussies look to end the pool stages with another win and having a chance to finish top of Pool C.
Waratahs Confirm New Head Coach
The Waratahs have announced their replacement for Daryl Gibson ahead of the 2020 Super Rugby season
Penny has signed a three-year contract which will see him stay in charge until the end of the 2022 season.
“The Waratahs are an organisation revered throughout world rugby, with a proud history of performance and player development. To be given the opportunity to help this playing group get the most out of both themselves as individuals and as a collective is an exciting one. I’m looking forward to contributing to the betterment of Australian rugby, ensuring we have a working environment at the [NSW] Waratahs to foster the young talent already assembled. To see players grow, develop and reach their own personal goals is a hugely satisfying part of coaching – one I’m personally looking forward to here in Australia. Ultimately, I want our players to represent the jersey with pride and ensure New South Wales continues to be a leader in Australian rugby,” he said.
With the Waratahs looking to build CEO Andrew Hore believes that Penny has the right attributes to help them take the next step.
“Rob is an extremely experienced coach who embodies the characteristics we [Performance Committee] identified for our ideal candidate. This position was one which drew a vast level of interest from across world rugby, Rob’s appointment is the result of an exhaustive recruitment process – speaking volumes for the calibre of coach we’ve been able to secure for the [NSW] Waratahs,” he said.
He also noted that Penny’s experience in player development is one of the key reasons that he was selected, as the franchise are hoping to bring through a host of talented youths in the coming seasons.
“With a strong history of player development across each of his previous roles, I have no doubt Rob will harness the wealth of talent coming though our pathways and build sustainable success for the [NSW] Waratahs in Super Rugby. Rob understands the connection between our NSW Rugby pathways and competitions and the [NSW] Waratahs, and is keen to embrace the strategic vision of our entire organisation. This is an exciting time for the [NSW] Waratahs and I’d like to welcome Rob on board,” he added.
Penny took Canterbury to four consecutive National Provincial Championship titles between 2008 and 2011 and led the New Zealand U20’s to a World Championship final before moving over to Ireland and taking control of Munster.
After that he went to Japan to test his coaching, but there is no doubt that despite his impressive CV, this will be a different challenge all together and he will hope to kick start the campaign on a high come 2020.
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