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Brumbies 2013 squad

Brumbies 2013 squad

The Brumbies have finalised their squad and commenced pre-season training for their 2013 campaign.

The squad has a distinct South African influence with the inclusion of new members with South African background, plus the return from injury of former player Clyde Rathbone.

Coach Jake White spent his off-season scouring the playing ranks and has signed up some big units in the quest to return to finals rugby.

In the forwards, the big signing during the off-season is Wallabies flanker David Pocock, who will fill the shoes of Michael Hooper who has returned to his hometown of Sydney to play with the Waratahs.

Other inclusions sees the arrival of Etienne Oosthuizen from the Lions in South Africa who can play either lock or flanker, and at just 19 years of age tips the scales at 120 kilograms and stands 198 centimetres.

Joining the front row stocks is Ruan Smith who has been plying his trade most recently at the Western Force after stints in the academy set-ups at the Stormers and Reds.

In the EPS there are two forwards members in Josh Mann-Rea and Jordan Smiler. Mann-Rea returned to Australia last year to take up a short-term contract with the Waratahs after injuries depleted their hooking stocks.

Smiler came from the Waikato region of New Zealand before switching his allegiance to Australia. He has a sevens background but can play flanker and has been playing for Norths in the Shute Shield. (Maybe Steve Hansen will be ruing this one getting away from the New Zealand system, too.)

In the backs, the fairytale return of Clyde Rathbone is nearly complete, with his battle with injury and other personal issues being well documented. His work with White and Under 21 level in South Africa will benefit not only him but the squad as a whole and will add some experience to the side.

The EPS backs consist of Mark Swanepoel and Stephen van der Walt. Swanepoel, a halfback, has been something of a journeyman with his recent stint with Canterbury in New Zealand after previously playing with the Western Force. Van der Walt has been signed from University of Queensland and can play either centre or wing.

Ins: David Pocock (Western Force), Clyde Rathbone (returning from injury), Ruan Smith (Western Force), Etienne Oosthuizen (Lions, South Africa), Josh Mann-Rea (Waratahs), Jordan Smiler (Norths, Sydney), Mark Swanepoel (Canterbury, NZ), Stephan van der Walt (Uni of Qld)

Outs: Michael Hooper (Waratahs), Cam Crawford (Waratahs), Ben Hand (Grenoble, France), Anthony Hegarty (Grenoble, France), Jerry Yanuyanutawa (London Irish), Kimami Sitauti (Melbourne Rebels), Dylan Sigg (Released)

Full squad
Ben Alexander
Fotu Auelua
Sam Carter
Robbie Coleman
Tom Cox
Colby Faingaa
Scott Fardy (promoted from EPS)
Zack Holmes
Tevita Kuridrani
Peter Kimlin
Christian Lealiifano
Pat McCabe
Jesse Mogg (promoted from EPS)
Stephen Moore
Ben Mowen
Ruaidhri Murphy (promoted from EPS)
Etienne Oosthuizen
Dan Palmer
David Pocock
Leon Power
Ian Prior
Clyde Rathbone
Siliva Siliva
Scott Sio (promoted from EPS)
Andrew Smith
Henry Speight
Joe Tomane
Matt Toomua
Ita Vaea
Nic White

Josh Mann-Rea
Jordan Smiler
Ruan Smith
Mark Swanepoel
Stephan van der Walt

  • SS4

    How do you reckon Rathbone will go? I think he did mention he’d also like to play for the Wallabies again

    • Dougall

      Will be interesting to see what position he fills.

      Smith was the best performing Australian outside centre stat wise, Tomane and Speight looked solid on the wings.

      Would love to see him get some gametime though as a starter

      • Larkhage

        He’d be a good impact player off the bench, and if injuries occur, a solid replacement back

    • Even if he doesn’t get a game, his experience to pass on to the younger guys will be invaluable. He’s already a winner when you see where he’s come from.

  • Scarfman

    Where’s Pat Nduncabe and Nic de Wit? Have they been dropped?

    • They’re trying to find a grudge to park their car

  • Really exciting squad, i cant wait to see them in action. Reading in the SMH yesterday, the Brumbies have been working with BamBam to try and improve his running game and he recently matched the sprinting time set by one Michael Hooper. BamBam improving this facet of his game can only be a good thing for aussie rugby

  • MaxT

    Wow, not one Australian player coming in to the EPS. Not that I have a problem with Jake helping create a great squad, but it speaks volumes? for lack of local talent.

  • MaxT

    Sorry, Mann-Rea is Aussie.

  • Brumby Runner

    Looking forward to a very strong season, building on this year’s results. Saw Clyde play a social game a few months ago, before he announced his return, and he looked good. Pity about losing Cam Crawford. A really good player who might have been given more opportunities than he got this year.

  • Johnny-boy

    The guy I’m looking most forward to developing is Jesse Mogg. WIth experience he’s going to be absolutely fantastic to watch

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