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The 20-year-old hit the headlines in October 2017 when he made the unorthodox decision to spurn offers from local Australian clubs to move to New Zealand and join the Crusaders on a development contract.
The move drew criticism on Rugby Australia for failing to lock down one of Australia’s brightest young talents, but the 2.05m lock – who represented provincial side Canterbury at an under-19 level in 2018 – has returned to his homeland after signing a two-year deal with the Brumbies last May.
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) February 4, 2020
Rookie No.10 Noah Lolesio holds onto the playmaking reins after leading the Brumbies to a season-opening win against Queensland Reds.
The Brumbies have won nine straight games at home and are gunning for the club record of 13 which they set 22 years ago.
The Rebels have won their past four games against the Brumbies and are looking to bounce back from a shock loss to the Sunwolves in Japan.
Brumbies team to play Rebels at Canberra on Friday: Scott Sio, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa, Murray Douglas, Cadeyrn Neville, Rob Valetini, Tom Cusack, Pete Samu, Joe Powell, Noah Lolesio, Tom Wright, Irae Simone, Tevita Kuridrani, Solomone Kata, Tom Banks.
– With AAP
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