Naisarani exits axed Force, signs with Brumbies
Sydney - Fijian backrower Isi Naisarani became one of the
first players to leave the Force on Tuesday following their axing from Super
Rugby, signing a one-year deal with the Brumbies.
Force players are facing a tough decision on whether to
abandon the club or join a proposed new Indo-Pacific league championed by
billionaire Andrew Forrest.
"I am hoping to be able to make my mark and be a part
of a team that will challenge for Super Rugby honours," said Naisarani,
the Perth-based team's player of the year in 2017.
"It's fantastic that the Brumbies have faith in me as a
player and have brought me to Canberra, and I am now looking to repay that
faith and show what I can do on the field in front of the loyal Brumbies
The Force have been culled from Super Rugby after governing
body SANZAAR decided to reduce the competition to 15 teams from the unwieldy
four-conference 18-team model. Two South African clubs were also axed.
Naisarani, 22, follows former Wallaby prop Ben Daley out the
door after he signed a two-year deal with the Melbourne Rebels last week.
Forrest's Indo-Pacific league plans to initially feature six
teams, with Force one of them.
The other five would come from either Singapore, Hong Kong,
Samoa, Fiji, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, Tonga or Kuala Lumpur.