Ex-Lion targets Wallaby spot

2012-10-29 20:35

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.


  • carel.vandermerwe.756 - 2012-10-29 21:42

    Etienne wie ?????

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-29 22:17

    another player leaves sa, can u blame him with all the politics in our sport

      P.J. - 2012-10-30 13:04

      With toung guys like Bresler, Etzebeth and Kruger coming through he knew he would never see the Green & Gold so he made a move to try and get the lesser sought after Gold & Green!

      rory.beckett.96 - 2012-10-30 13:39

      boo hoo, so when are are you leaving.? Politics was fine for all those years when it was benefitting some.

  • wade.johnson.58726 - 2012-10-30 02:19

    Auzies like to steal players from SA and the Pacific Island Countries. Their urge for theft may have something to do with their rich history of being a dumping ground for Criminals, whereby the British were able to off load convicts there. Over a century later, the Auzies haven't changed much.

      andy.andrews.359126 - 2012-10-30 02:44

      That is such a stupid comment even as a joke.

      boereroo.jackman - 2012-10-30 04:33

      Shame Wade, should I send you a box of tissues? My treat really. Alternatively you could ask one of your fellow countrymen to hijack a tissue truck (apparently you're very good at that sort of thing) and you'll have enough tissues to blow your nose for decades. PS How's your crime stats looking like these days?

      daniel.bulbring - 2012-10-30 07:44

      Saffas get miffed that people bring up the past (Apartheid) but then someone says something stupid like this. Let's leave the past where it belongs boys.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-30 05:20

    Jake White is certainly working there at the Brumbies. Is it just for them though, it seems he is doing a fair bit for the ARU as well, perhaps for bigger things to come.

  • my10cent - 2012-10-30 07:26

    Congratulations - having Jake White coach you is a huge honor.

  • jasper.benadie - 2012-10-30 07:43

    Jake White, jou ma!!!!!!!!!

  • field.wela - 2012-10-30 08:37

    I dont know why the English are still there.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-30 08:51

      WTF u on about?

      tony.delucchi - 2012-10-30 13:47


      luke.slade - 2012-10-30 17:17


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