Hawera extends Brumbies stay
Hamilton - The Brumbies have re-signed flyhalf Wharenui Hawera to the
club for a further two years following his debut season of Super Rugby.
Hawera, who has played 14 games for the Canberra-based
outfit and has contributed 111 points will continue in the flyhalf role in his
home town of Hamilton on Saturday when the Brumbies meet the Chiefs in the
final round of regular season competition.
The pivot, who joined the club after an excellent season in
the Mitre 10 Cup with the Southland Stags in which he scored 64 points, made
his debut for the Brumbies in his native New Zealand when he formed a new
half-back axis with Joe Powell against the Crusaders in Christchurch.
Since then Hawera has been ever-present in the Brumbies line
up as he continues to learn the finer arts of the number ten role at Super
“I am delighted to be able to continue my Super Rugby career
with the Brumbies in Canberra,” Hawera commented.
“I have settled quite well into the City and I am enjoying
my experience of playing Super Rugby with the club. The Brumbies have given me
an opportunity to show what I can do at this level and I am looking forward to
repaying their faith in me.
“We have an exceptional group of players here at the
Brumbies and a really strong culture. We have bonded well during the season and
are determined to show our best in the Finals this year.
“Longer term, we have a great balance of youth and
experience and I am certain that we can continue to maintain a challenge for
Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham thinks that Hawera has a
lot to offer the club over the next two years.
“Wharenui first came into the Brumbies program for this
year’s pre-season which started in December last year,” he said.
“He immediately impressed with his skill-set and ability to
control a game. Any normal player who has to make the step up to Super Rugby
level takes time to find their feet, but Futz has instantly become an integral
part of our attacking focus.
“We are confident that he has the skills and ability to push
on with his career and make a huge mark at the elite level with the Brumbies.”