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Jake hunting South African lock

2012-08-13 18:02

Sydney - Brumbies coach Jake White will fly to South Africa on Monday in search of a lock who will add aggression to his already powerful forward pack.

According to Rugby Heaven correspondent, Lee Gaskin, White is looking to fill the 30th and final spot on his Super Rugby roster with an emerging player to add depth to his ranks.

The Brumbies don't have the salary cap space to chase an established star and have ruled out making a play for a current international, scotching speculation they could be bringing Springbok giant Danie Rossouw to Canberra.

Scott Fardy and Sam Carter both produced outstanding seasons to fill the two starting lock positions in the Brumbies' side, while Leon Power was a more than capable back-up off the bench.

The Brumbies also have the five spots available in their extended player squad.

The club farewelled its seven departing players at its end-of-season presentation function at Rydges Lakeside on Saturday night.

Flanker Michael Hooper and outside back Cam Crawford are off to the NSW Waratahs, while winger Kimami Sitauti will hope to get more opportunities for game time at the Melbourne Rebels.

Leading the overseas contingent is popular Fijian prop Jerry Yanuyanutawa, who has inked a deal with London Irish, while veteran lock Ben Hand and hooker Anthony Hegarty are both off to French club Grenoble.

Flanker Dylan Sigg has been released.

The Brumbies narrowly missed this year's finals and newly-crowned Brett Robinson medallist Stephen Moore is confident a third piece of silverware isn't far away, adding to the titles won in 2001 and 2004.

"The end point for us is to win a Super Rugby championship, and I think that's achievable in the short to medium term," he said.

"No one thought we'd do anything this year and we almost made the finals.

"If we can keep improving the way we did this year, anything's possible."

Moore claimed the club's players' player award after a stellar season, narrowly edging out Hooper and flyhalf Christian Lealiifano.

The experienced hooker had little time to celebrate his victory, boarding a flight to Sydney yesterday morning to rejoin the Wallabies ahead of Saturday's Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener against the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium.

"Any award voted by your peers means the most," Moore said.

"For those guys you play with to feel you're offering some value means the world to me.

"It's very humbling, but there's any number of guys that could have taken it out."

Rugby Heaven

Comments
  • spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-13 18:06

    Take Bankie Bekker. It will be an improvement to South African rugby.

      sparkie.spannenberg - 2012-08-13 18:57

      Jake and the Brumbies cannot afford to pay for the class and moerse talent of Andries Bekker.

      John - 2012-08-13 19:44

      Jake not interrested in a piece of crap with long legs. He wants class. Sorry Bankie Bekker no place for you at the brumbies

      steyts - 2012-08-14 06:58

      The Brumbies doesn't have the money to afford such a top class player like the incredible Andries Bekker!!!!!!!!!!

  • nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-13 18:07

    Japan

      sparkie.spannenberg - 2012-08-13 18:58

      Wat van Japan?? Ek verstaan nie? Jake is nou in Suid Afrika

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-08-13 19:16

      sparkie, ek kan verstaan dat jy nie verstaan nie

      sparkie.spannenberg - 2012-08-13 19:22

      Nou goed stompies. Verduidelik jy vir my wat hy bedoel met "Japan". Peter Grant was in Japan. So ook Fourie du Preez. Wat het dit met die artikel te doen??

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-13 23:13

      Ruck

      Ettiene - 2012-08-14 07:27

      Stem Sparkie, ou mullet is blykbaar hoog op die tik

  • johan.arendse.90 - 2012-08-13 18:46

    Kyk by die Bulle,daar is genoeg Strooi wat daar rondhang,Flip is een van hulle!

      Ettiene - 2012-08-14 07:28

      jys reg want niemand wil meer by nuweland wees n span wat net choke choke choke. ......... 11 years and counting

  • johan.arendse.90 - 2012-08-13 18:47

    Or check on Loftus gates,there is more than enough.

  • steyts - 2012-08-14 06:59

    Jake gaan vat een van die Blou Bulle se academy se slotte... Hulle wil duidelik nie hulle eie spelers meer he nie sedert hulle al die ander provinsies se jong talent op koop...

      Ettiene - 2012-08-14 07:27

      jou punt is???? kan nie help almal wil vir n champion span speel nie ne.

  • colin.d.beer - 2012-08-14 08:30

    Jake have a look at Anton Van Zyl playing his trade in France. He has been underrated by us since forever!

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-08-14 09:05

    Good opportunity for a young lock to go over there and play international rugby in 3 to 5 years. Like Jake or not but he knows better than most how develope young talented individuals.

  • lance.elliott.3914 - 2012-08-16 13:42

    Im sure there will be a few unemployed Lions ready to take the gap..

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