The Brumbies have announced their allocation of players to the local clubs in the John I Dent Cup competition.
This is a departure from recent years where players buggered off back to Sydney as soon as possible.
As one of his first points of business as Brumbies Head Coach and supporter of rugby in Canberra, Jake Whitehas announced that all contracted players will be allocated an ACT club to play and train with when they are not with the main team.
The move has been supported by Canberra’s club coaches and presidents who have grown tired of seeing quality talent hit the Hume Highway to Sydney to play in the Shute Shield once their Brumbies commitments are finished.
Players with prior history at a John I Dent club, like Robbie Coleman at Queanbeyan or Christian Lealiifano at the Vikings, will be sent back to their origins when they are not required by the Brumbies.
The remaining players have been sorted with considerations given to what the Canberra clubs need and the likely availability of the players.
With an extended Super Rugby season that almost eclipses the John I Dent Cup the reality is that many players will not feature in the Canberra competition.
But clubs will still be given access to big name players, to attend team functions, award nights and game days.
White said the change had taken place so his players could be more easily managed while strengthening the local competition.
The players have been parcelled out thusly:
- — Uni Norths Ben Alexander, Dylan Sigg, Tom Cox, Ian Prior, Joe Tomane,
— Wests Fotu Auelua, Peter Kimlin, Scott Sio, Pat McCabe, Jesse Mogg
— Royals Sam Carter, Stephen Hoiles, Siliva Siliva, Kimami Sitauti, Matt Toomua
— Queanbeyan Jono Owen, Leon Power, Robbie Coleman, Tevita Kuridrani, Nic White
— Easts Ben Hand, Michael Hooper, Stephen Moore, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Andrew Smith
— Vikings Colby Faingaa, Ben Mowen, Scott Fardy, Zack Holmes. Christian Lealiifano
— Gungahlin Dan Palmer, Ita Vaea, Rory Murphy, Cam Crawford, Henry Speight