Sydney - This is the South African quartet that has helped put Queanbeyan on
the verge of ending its grand final drought. But if Whites coach Adam
Fahey has his way, he won't see them again next season.
According to the smh.com.au website, nineteen-year-old twin centres Altus and HP Momsen, loosehead
prop JP Smith and backrower Marco Kotze wound up in Queanbeyan through
help from Brumbies coach Jake White.
All four have been invited to the Brumbies' pre-season
training in October, and are key planks in Queanbeyan's John I Dent Cup
On Saturday, Queanbeyan will vie for its first grand final
appearance since its 2010 premiership in the preliminary final against
Royals at Viking Park.
''I'd like to say yes [they'll play for us next year] but
they're chasing their dream of playing at the highest level possible and
we support that 100 percent,'' Fahey said. ''We'll do everything we
can to help them become professional rugby players.
''They've brought a good mix to our club, the serious nature
of the way they approach their rugby and their South African sense of
humour off it, which is unique at times.''
Western Force is increasingly looking to South Africa for talent to avoid bidding wars with sides on Australia's east coast.
Fahey said the huge playing depth and multi-layer path to the
top in their homeland makes Australia an attractive option for South
Africans. ''They're playing outside [Queanbeyan star] Robbie Coleman, a
Super Rugby player at the Brumbies, and within three months they'll
potentially start training with the elite squad. That's unheard of in
South Africa - you have to go through three or four different levels to
get looked at.
''We asked Jake if he knew of any quality players in
positions we wanted to strengthen, and the ones who came here have paid
HP Momsen admitted the South Africans were enjoying the more
attacking style prevalent in Australia. ''Back home it's more physical;
we find there's more running rugby here,'' he said. ''It's good for us,
you can play with a bit more flair.
''In South Africa we had scholarship opportunities with the
Sharks and Cheetahs, but they have 150 players in their squads and it's
more difficult to get into a Super Rugby team there.
''We want to play Super Rugby one day and it would be great if we can get into the Brumbies' system.''