Kimlin joins Brumbies’ stable

The Brumbies have signed Canberra local Peter Kimlin to a rookie contract for the remainder of 2007.


The 21-year-old Western District lock/back-rower joins the Brumbies’ senior squad after being involved in the Brumbies development program since 2004.


“It’s a great honour to be included in the Brumbies’ squad,” Kimlin said. “I’ve looked up to these guys throughout my rugby career and it’s been a goal of my mine to be a part of the Brumbies for as long as I can remember.


“The Brumbies program is all about developing players to be the best they can be. This is a great opportunity for me to build my game alongside some of the best locks and back-rowers in the world.”


Born in Canberra, Kimlin attended Canberra Grammar School where he represented the Australia ‘A’ Schoolboys. In 2004 he was selected for the Australian Under 19’s and was last year nominated as Player of the Year for the Australian Rugby Shield-winning Canberra Vikings.


Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher says the 199-centimetre, 115-kilogram forward is a welcome addition to the squad.


“Pete’s a big, strong player who can play lock, six or eight,” he said. “He played both [pre-season] trials for us and has been training with the squad as part of the [Brumbies] Academy.


“This is a tremendous opportunity for him to progress and develop his game alongside some of the best forwards in the country, like Mark Chisholm and Al Campbell. He’s shown excellent potential and will benefit from being involved in a full-time program.”


Brumbies Rugby CEO Andrew Fagan says he’s pleased to add another Canberra local to the Brumbies’ roster.


“Pete’s a good, young player with excellent potential,” he said.


“It’s pleasing to see yet another player graduate from the Brumbies development program into the senior squad, and follow the likes of Guy Shepherdson, Julian Salvi and Saia and Anthony Faingaa.”


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