Crusaders loose forward Pete Samu signs with Brumbies for 2019 Super Rugby season
Last updated 11:29, May 29 2018
Crusaders loose forward leaves AMI Stadium after taking a head knock against the Hurricanes last weekend.
Crusaders loose forward Pete Samu has committed to Australian Rugby after signing with the Brumbies for the 2019 Super Rugby season.
It’s no secret Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is keen on the Melbourne-born player, and his shift back to Australia drags him a step closer to donning the yellow jersey.
Samu is eligible to play for New Zealand under his current contract, and New Zealand Rugby would have to release him if he’s to play for the Wallabies this year, including during next month’s three-test home series against Ireland.
Hurricanes player Blade Thomson and Pete Samu go up for a lineout throw in Christchurch last weekend.
The 26-year-old, who is in his third season with the Crusaders, can play all three loose forward positions, and is a dynamic ball carrier who stands at 1.85m tall and weighs 102kg.
“I am thrilled by the challenge of joining the Brumbies and am looking forward to taking to the field for the club,” Samu said in a statement.
Tasman Mako flanker Pete Samu, pictured in action during the team’s Mitre 10 Cup match against the Southland Stags at Trafalgar Park last year.
“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.”
Samu originally played for Randwick in Sydney, before switching to Tasman in 2014 and being spotted by Crusaders scouts.
He joined the 2015 team as injury cover late in the piece, before earning a fulltime contract the following year.
The 26-year-old has had consistent game-time the past two seasons, partly due to injuries to All Blacks captain Kieran Read, and started last week’s win against the Hurricanes in Christchurch at No 8.
However, he left the match with concussion and is going through the head injury assessment protocol as the defending champions prepare for Saturday night’s fixture against the Chiefs in Hamilton.
“We are delighted that Peter Samu has agreed to join the Brumbies for the 2019 Super Rugby season,” Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said in a statement.
“Peter is a powerful backrower 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.”
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