Brumbies lock in on Chisholm

The Brumbies have received a boost ahead of Friday night’s clash against the Western Force, with lock Mark Chisholm re-signing with the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) province and the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) for two years.

The 25-year-old has been a member of the Brumbies since 2003 and has accrued 55 Super Rugby matches, including the 2004 Championship-winning Super 12 final.

Chisholm, who has started in all ten Brumbies matches this season, says he’s pleased to remain in with the two-time Super 12 Champions until 2009.

“It was an easy decision for me to make,” said Chisholm.

“My family love living in Canberra and it’s the best place in the world to play rugby. I’ve been part of the Brumbies program for five seasons, my game has developed each year and I know it’s where I can get the most out of my rugby.”

Chisholm says he’s looking forward being part of the CA Brumbies’ future.

“I couldn’t imagine playing anywhere else,” he said.

“We’ve got an excellent core of players [at the Brumbies] to take us through for the next few years and there are a number of very talented up-and-coming players who will be involved with the side. I’m really excited about the next few years with the Brumbies.”

Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher says Chisholm is an important member of the Super 14 squad.

“Mark continues to improve as a player and I believe that he’s just starting to enter his peak years,” Fisher said.

“He’s taken over running the line-out this season in Al Campbell’s absence, and he’s shown that he has tremendous leadership value as well as being an experienced Test footballer.”

Mark Chisholm stats:

Position: Lock/flanker
Physical: 1.97m; 112kg
Born: 18.09.1981, Gladstone, Qld
Club: Tuggeranong
Super 14 Caps: 54
Super 14 Points: 55 [11t]
Super 14 Debut: 2003 v Cats, Johannesburg
Test Caps: 26
Test Points: 25 [5t]
Test Debut: 2004 v Scotland, Murrayfield
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