Brumbies sign former New Zealand Schoolboys star and potential Wallaby
The Brumbies have bolstered their squad for the 2019 season with a key addition in the form of centre Irae Simone.
The former Waratah debuted in Super Rugby during the 2017 season, showing flashes of his ability, before playing an understudy role to Kurtley Beale over the last six months.
The form that Beale found himself in this past season was a significant contributor to the Waratahs making the semi-finals of the competition, but it also prevented Simone from building on his 2017 season, something which he will be keen to do when he moves to Canberra for the next campaign.
A previous Shute Shield Rookie of the Year and standout for the Sydney Rays in the National Rugby Championship, Simone will be looking to fill the void left at the Brumbies by Kyle Godwin’s move to Connacht.
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It’s a position that the Brumbies have struggled to fill since the 10-12 axis of Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano played together, a combination which helped the Brumbies challenge the dominion of the New Zealand teams in the competition.
If Simone can impress in pre-season and secure the 12 jersey next to Lealiifano – and develop a chemistry with Tevita Kuridrani outside of him – then the Brumbies will have a good chance of returning to the top of the Australian conference.
Simone adds another powerful carrying option in the Brumbies midfield, capable of getting them over the gain line, something which the franchise struggled with in 2018. This season, the Brumbies were tied for last in the competition for defenders beaten, whilst their clean breaks total only surpassed those of the Reds and Sunwolves.
By adding a more direct option at inside centre in Simone, the Brumbies will hope to rectify this in 2019 and give their formidable pack the opportunity to run forward on to the ball, rather than crabbing sideways as aggressive defences stymie them on the gain-line.
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Retallick and whitelock still good enough to take on the best but they have to produce the quality several games in a row. Who do the Kiwis have after they and Scott b? At least the front row will be okay. Back row interesting coz Sam came and Ardie look sorta essential but can it work? Works better with brodies work rate but still.. what do you think nick. Can they get away without the backup locks?Go to comments
He’s probably right. The Boks are going to play like the Boks and that’s hard to shake but on saying that the Boks were done in Brighton and pressured by Japan in Japan. Dunno what tongas got in the front row but their loosies will be powerful and their back three very dangerous. Maybe Adam coleman at lock and sekope kepu up front?Go to comments