Alexander back with the Brumbies

Loosehead prop Ben Alexander has rejoined the Brumbies to begin pre-season training with the Canberra-based franchise.

The 22-year-old returns to Canberra on a Brumbies Academy contract having represented the Bedford Blues in England’s National One competition and the table-topping Western Sydney Rams in the Australian Rugby Championship (ARC).

The Brumbies Academy contract enables Alexander to train with the senior squad next year, before taking up a full contract with the province in 2009.

Alexander, who was previously a member of the Brumbies Academy prior to heading overseas, says he’s pleased to be back in Canberra.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to train among the full-time squad and develop my game,” he said.

“This is a great chance for me to get an understanding of the program and fine tune my game ahead of this season and particularly leading into next season.”

Alexander, a former Australian Under-21 representative, excelled for the Rams in the ARC, scoring a double against the Canberra Vikings and finishing equal third in the end-of-season ARC Player of the Year standings.

Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher says Alexander is capable of taking the next step.

“Ben’s a very enthusiastic and talented young player,” he said.

“Propping is such a highly technical part of rugby and through this Academy contract we feel we can help fast-track his development ahead of him joining the squad on a full-time basis in 2009. We saw during the ARC what an athletic front rower he is and I’m looking forward to him being part of the extended squad this season.”

Other members in the Academy include Canberra Vikings’ lock Dan Guinness, scrum-half Nick Haydon, centre Rowan Kellam and back rower Pauliasi Taumoepeau.

Australian Schoolboys Talalelei Gray (No.8), Brent Hamlin (scrum-half) and Afusipa Taumoepeau (wing) will also join the squad on Academy contracts once they have completed their Year 12 exams.

 

365 Digital

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