Gregan still focussed on S14

Wallabies and Brumbies scrum-half George Gregan, despite having confirmed that he will move to French Second Division outfit Toulon after the World Cup in France this year, said his focus was still firmly fixed on helping the Brumbies in the Super 14 competition.

Gregan, speaking from Durban where the Brumbies will face the unbeaten Sharks in a Super 14 Round Eight match on Saturday, said the announcement of his imminent move to Europe would not distract from his commitments to the Brumbies.

“My sole focus at the moment is this weekend’s match against the Sharks and the Brumbies Super 14 campaign,” Gregan said.

“The Wallabies upcoming Test season and the World Cup are also important goals for me this year, but right now I’m 100 percent focused on the Super 14.”

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) on Friday confirmed reports that Gregan is set to play for Toulon after the World Cup.

The incumbent Wallabies captain, who is also international rugby’s most capped Test player (127), has agreed to terms to join the French club from November 2007 for six months.

“George has taken the decision to continue his rugby career in France post-World Cup and we wish him all the best,” ARU Managing Director and CEO Gary Flowers said.

“George has planned the next phase in his career having achieved an unprecedented list of honours including being the world’s most capped international player and Australia’s leading Test captain.”

Wallaby coach John Connolly said Gregan has been one of the Wallabies finest players and ambassadors for many years.

“In all my years of coaching, I’ve never come across a more professional player,” Connolly said.

“His commitment to excellence has seen him stay at the top of Australian rugby for more than a decade and his leadership qualities on and off the field are reflective of his professional approach to everything he does.”

Brumbies Rugby CEO Andrew Fagan said Gregan has played an integral role in the Brumbies success since the team’s inception.

“George is one of only two remaining foundation members of the Brumbies and has been an integral part of making the Brumbies Australia’s most successful Super 14 province,” Fagan said.

“He is renowned worldwide for his experience and professionalism and will be greatly missed for his on and off field contribution to the Brumbies and Australian rugby.”

Gregan was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004, for service to Rugby Union, particularly as Captain of the Wallabies.

 

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