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PostSubject: Brumbies building super squad   Brumbies building super squad Icon_minitimeTue May 26, 2009 8:43 am

The Brumbies are poised to deliver another major blow to their local Super 14 rivals by picking up star flanker Rocky Elsom on his return to Australia.

Despite being offered as much as an extra $100,000 to join the Queensland Reds, it is understood Elsom has agreed to join the Brumbies in the hunt for a Super 14 title to add to the Heineken Cup he won with Leinster at the weekend.

The 26-year-old was being chased by the Reds and former province New South Wales, but contacted Brumbies officials last week and agreed to terms.

Elsom has already done the same with the ARU and is expected to finalise his future late this week.

The signing of Elsom will see the Brumbies boast a spectacular stable of talent next season, with Matt Giteau, George Smith and the big blindside breakaway comfortably ranked the top three rugby stars in Australia.

Throw in Australia captain Stirling Mortlock and hooker Stephen Moore - and potentially James O'Connor - and the 2010 Brumbies loom as a powerhouse.

Since Elsom departed for Europe at the end of the Tri Nations campaign last September, the No.6 has become arguably the best player in the world and has won 11 man-of-the-match awards in 13 games for Leinster.

Brumbies boss Andrew Fagan was non-committal on Elsom's recruitment but confirmed contact had been renewed by the flanker recently.

"He checked to confirm whether a position was available basically. How our contracting was going. That was it," Fagan said.

"We let him know that we'd have a spot available if he was keen to look at us as an option. I wouldn't really know which way he is leaning. Rocky understands he has some choice there."

Fagan still declared the Brumbies "outsiders" to get Elsom's signature down on paper, but only one thing could imperil the deal: Phil Waugh.

Waugh landed in London last night to link up with Elsom in the Barbarians side to play England this weekend.

He'll talk with his former Tahs' teammate about returning.

"Rocky is a mate of mine, I hope he comes back," Waugh said.

http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,25537330-5002381,00.html
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PostSubject: Re: Brumbies building super squad   Brumbies building super squad Icon_minitimeTue May 26, 2009 8:49 am

Their side for next season could look something like this (very strong side!);

1. Ben Alexander
2. Stephen Moore
3. Guy Shepherdson
4. Mark Chisholm
5. Peter Kimlin
6. Rocky Elsom
7. George Smith
8. Stephen Hoiles (c)
9. Josh Valentine
10. Matt Giteau
11. Francis Fainifo
12. James O'Connor (Linked to the Brumbies)
13. Stirling Mortlock
14. Clyde Rathbone
15. Adam Ashley-Cooper

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PostSubject: Re: Brumbies building super squad   Brumbies building super squad Icon_minitimeTue May 26, 2009 8:50 am

I expect them to go along way next season
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PostSubject: Re: Brumbies building super squad   Brumbies building super squad Icon_minitimeTue May 26, 2009 8:52 am

Is Gerrard still playing for them next year?? If so I'd start him on the left wing.
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PostSubject: Re: Brumbies building super squad   Brumbies building super squad Icon_minitimeTue May 26, 2009 8:54 am

Nah, Gerrard signed a two year deal with a Japanese club last month.

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PostSubject: Re: Brumbies building super squad   Brumbies building super squad Icon_minitimeTue May 26, 2009 8:57 am

Oh ok lol, still doesnt matter Brumbies wont make the top4 Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Brumbies building super squad   Brumbies building super squad Icon_minitimeTue May 26, 2009 8:58 am

1st: Bulls 2nd: Hurricanes 3rd: Brumbies 4th: Reds
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PostSubject: Re: Brumbies building super squad   Brumbies building super squad Icon_minitimeTue May 26, 2009 9:32 am

Thats gona be a good team!
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PostSubject: Re: Brumbies building super squad   Brumbies building super squad Icon_minitimeWed May 27, 2009 1:54 am

Lol - people making predictions for next year already?? Smile
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