Brumbies snag Stormers hooker

Former Waratahs and Stormers hooker Huia Edmonds has signed a two-year contract to play for Australian Super 14 team the Brumbies and will join the Canberra based side next year.

The new recruit stated that he was keen to push for the Brumbies starting XV and make the most of any opportunities with his new province.

Edmonds, who played his junior rugby with Canberra’s Tuggeranong Vikings club, will move to join the Super 14 franchise after spending two years with the Cape Town-based Stormers in South Africa.

The 25-year-old, who is the younger brother of Wallaby fly-half Manny Edmonds – he played two tests between 1998 and 2001 – represented Australia’s Under-21 side along with current Brumbies Mark Gerrard, Jone Tawake, Mark Chisholm, Guy Shepherdson and Nic Henderson.

Edmonds, who is currently completing his third season with Western Province, said he was looking forward to the challenge of playing with the Brumbies in 2008.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity I’ve been given with the Brumbies, not only having the chance to play Super 14 but also to develop my game in what is revered as one of the best rugby programs in the world,” Edmonds said.

“The Brumbies’ philosophy has always been about giving players a go, and I’m keen to make the most of any opportunity I get.”

The Stormers hooker said that he is looking forward to returning to Canberra.

“I loved growing up and playing my rugby in Canberra and I’ve always enjoyed the Brumbies style of football, so it’s all come together nicely,” Edmonds added.

“I’ve got a number of friends in the squad at the moment and Peter Playford and Mark Gerrard always talk about the great culture at the Brumbies. I’m really excited about playing in what is shaping as a very strong Brumbies squad for next season.”

Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher said that Edmonds would be a key member of the side’s forward pack in next year’s Super 14.

“Huia is a skilful and mobile hooker who has played a considerable amount of senior football with Western Province in the Currie Cup and with the Waratahs and Stormers in the Super 14,” he said.

“It’s a great benefit to bring a player with Super 14 experience into the squad and it’s especially pleasing to welcome another local junior back into the Brumbies family.

“We’re looking forward to Huia continuing his rugby development with us and pushing for a starting position alongside Saia Faingaa and John Ulugia next year.”

Brumbies Rugby CEO Andrew Fagan said he was pleased that Edmonds would be joining the likes of fellow recruits, scrum-half Josh Holmes and lock/back-rower Mitchell Chapman, at Canberra.

“We’re very excited to have Huia on board with the Brumbies for the next two years,” he said.

“He’s a skilful hooker who is very experienced and has an excellent rugby pedigree. He’s been around rugby for a long time, including Sydney club rugby with Easts, and with the Stormers and Waratahs at provincial level.

“We’re excited about what he will bring to our squad next season and he is genuinely excited about continuing his rugby development under the some of the best coaches and staff in the game.”

 

365 Digital

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