Brumbies sign Crusaders flank Pete Samu
Cape Town - The Brumbies have signed Crusaders flank Pete Samu after agreeing a deal for the Australian to join for the commencement of next year's Super Rugby season.
Samu has been in top form for the Crusaders during the 2018 season and will add extra physicality to the Brumbies back-row stocks, being a hard-running ball carrier, a tough tackler and a player with excellent energy levels.
“We are delighted that Peter Samu has agreed to join the Brumbies for the 2019 Super Rugby season,” Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar commented.
“Peter is a powerful back-rower with good speed and a skill-set that suits how we want to play at the Brumbies. He comes from a highly successful program and has enjoyed success at both Mitre 10 Cup and Super Rugby level.
“Having been involved in trophy-winning sides in both those competitions, he brings a winning mind-set to the group and we look forward to his arrival.”
The 1.85m and 102kg forward is highly effective at the breakdown and will add plenty of go-forward to the Brumbies attack.
“I am thrilled by the challenge of joining the Brumbies and am looking forward to taking to the field for the club,” Samu commented.
“The Brumbies are well-renowned throughout Super Rugby for being a successful club and for having a fantastic playing culture. I am excited to get to Canberra, settle in and get out onto the field.
“I’d like to thank the Crusaders for giving me a chance at this level and wish them all the best for the future.”
It's no secret Wallaby coach Michael Cheika is keen
on Samu and he's expected to name him in his first
2018 squad on Wednesday. Samu would then be in line to make his
debut in less than a fortnight against Ireland.
Born in Melbourne, Samu is eligible for Australian selection despite playing most of his club rugby in New Zealand. He originally played for Randwick in Sydney for two stints, either side of a spell with St. Ives in Cornwall, before switching to Tasman from where he was spotted by the Crusaders and earned a Super Rugby contract in 2016.
As part of the Crusaders Development Team, the Knights, Samu was Player of the Year in 2015 and was called into the senior Super Rugby squad as injury cover at the tail-end of that campaign.
Samu made his Super Rugby bow for the Crusaders against the Blues in Christchurch in 2016.