11 Dec Back and Forward
Brumby centre Andrew Smith and loose forward Michael Wells have been assigned to the Queanbeyan Whites for the 2016 season.
They join home grown Robbie Coleman, Les Leulua’iali’ i-Makin and Wallaby Tevita Kuridrani at the club. They replace half Nic White and lock Leon Power, who are now playing overseas.
Smith is returning to the Brumbies after a couple of seasons in Europe and his versatility will help fill gaps in the Queanbeyan backline. His experience will be of great assistance to the many developing Colts players.
Wells joins after playing for the Australian Sevens, Australian under 20’s and Australian Schoolboys. He recently tested as the fastest forward at the Brumbies. His move to Super rugby has probably cost him a chance to play Sevens at the Olympics.
The Prince of Queanbeyan, Coleman, is likely to have little game time at his own club as he will cement a permanent position in the Brumby backline. He has already played 50 Super rugby games and is reportedly injury free and bulked up for the 2016 season.
His St. Eddies team mate Leulua’iali’ i-Makin does not need bulking up at 112 kilos. He was named the tight head prop of the National Rugby Championships. Makin has a number of players vying for a front row spot and could spend some time at the Whites.
One player that is unlikely to run on the resurfaced Campese Oval is outside centre Kuridrani. Not only is he the key to the Brumby backline he is also a first pick for the Australian side.
Whites’ coach Adam Fahey can dream of Coleman, Smith and Kuridrani combining for the club in the 2016 grand final.
All premier clubs in the ACT competition are allocated up to five Brumby players and those players are available for selection if released at any time for one or more games.