Rugby

Ex-Lion targets Wallaby spot

2012-10-29 20:35
Etienne Oosthuizen (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Jake White's newest recruit at the Brumbies, Etienne Oosthuizen, says he wants to play Test rugby for Australia in future.

The 19-year-old utility forward, who was recently signed from the Lions, joined his new team in Canberra on Monday.

The 1.98m and 120kg giant was lured to Canberra by White after representing the Johannesburg side earlier this year.

"The Brumbies have presented me with a fantastic opportunity," Oosthuizen told the Rugby365 website.

"Having grown up in South Africa, the move to Canberra was a big step for me but one I felt I was ready to make," he added.

"My goals are to become a regular Brumby and then further down the track, to represent the Wallabies.

"This is a long-term move to Australia for me so naturally I'm very excited."

The Canberra side started their pre-season Super Rugby training with testing on Monday and White was pleased with the results.

"The players were given their own programs to work through while they were away and it's encouraging to see them come back in good condition.

"This time last year we were probably a bit behind the eight ball in terms of our fitness," said White.

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