Brumbies extend Cusack contract
Canberra - The Brumbies have confirmed the re-signing of Canberra born
flank Tom Cusack for the 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby seasons.
The former Australian Sevens star, who joined the club at
the commencement of the 2017 season, has committed his future to the Brumbies.
“I am very pleased to be able to commit to the club,” Cusack
said. “To play for the Brumbies has always been a goal of mine and I was very
happy to become part of the team this season.
“We have a really close knit group at the Brumbies, it
really is a family atmosphere, and I am looking forward to being able to
contribute fully to the team as we push for success.
“I feel I have settled in well this season and I have been
enjoying my football. Club-wise Royals are having an outstanding season and I
am looking forward to playing my part for both Royals and the Brumbies to the
best of my ability.”
The signature of Cusack continues the Brumbies fine
tradition of selecting talented home-grown players in their Super Rugby squad.
“It’s great news that Tom has decided to re-sign with us for
the 2018 and 2019 season,” Brumbies CEO Michael Thomson commented.
“As a local product we are very pleased that Tom will remain
with the Brumbies. We are committed to providing a genuine pathway for young
Canberra talent to make the elite level and Tom is another example of the
talent that Canberra has in abundance.”
Schooled at Marist College, Cusack is a Canberra Royals
junior players and was with the Australian Sevens program from 2013, competing
in the squad that travelled to the 2014 Commonwealth Games and then to Rio for
the 2016 Olympic Games.
He represented Australia Schoolboys in 2010 and was a member
of the team that played at the 2012 IRB U20 World Cup alongside fellow Brumbies
Allan Alaalatoa, James Dargaville Kyle Godwin and Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin.
Meanwhile, Brumbies lock Tom Staniforth will sign for the
Waratahs for the 2018 Super Rugby season.
The Canberra born local, who has played 21 times for the
club, up to and including Round 15, will swap his hometown for Sydney in a bid
to further his career.
“Whilst we are sorry to see a player like Tom depart the
club we understand his reasoning and wish him all the very best for the
future,” CEO Michael Thomson said.
“Tom is an ambitious and talented young player and has the
skill-set, and the drive and determination, to play regular first team
“At the Brumbies we are blessed to have two World Class
locks in our Wallabies international duo Sam Carter and Rory Arnold and
competition is fierce in that department.
“Tom has been a great contributor to the Brumbies in his
time with us and he will always be part of our club.”