Canberra based Super Rugby franchise the Brumbies have signed former Waratahs and Western Force flanker Chris Alcock for the 2017 Super Rugby season.
Twenty-eight-year-old Alcock made his Super Rugby debut in 2010 for the Waratahs in Sydney before going on to play 25 matches with NSW between 2010 and 2012.
Alcock scored his maiden Super Rugby try in the Waratahs 41-7 win over the Brumbies in 2011.
Alcock moved to the Western Force in 2013 and played 31 matches for the Perth-based franchise, his final match being against the Brumbies at GIO Stadium in the final round of the 2016 Super Rugby regular season.
The South African-born flanker says he’s very happy to be linking with the Brumbies for 2017 after four seasons in the west.
“I think it’s going to be a good change, I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” Alcock said.
“The Brumbies forward pack is really physical and go about their business really well, so I just want to come in and join in as best I can.
“The goal is to become part of the squad and get myself some game time.”
“I had some great opportunities at the Force and got game time every year that I was there, but I’m looking forward to the opportunities I now have here at the Brumbies in 2017.”
Alcock moved from Durban to Sydney with his family at the age of 10. He attended Barker College until 2006. In 2007 he played seven matches for English club, Oxford Harlequins, scoring five tries.
After returning to Australia, Alcock linked with Gordon, in Sydney’s club Rugby competition and was recognised as the club’s best and fairest Colts player in 2008.
Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham said Alcock will be a great addition to next year’s squad.
“He has established himself as a hard-nosed flanker whose aggression makes him a dangerous player in both attack and defence for opposition teams,” Larkham said.
“Chris is strong on the ball at the breakdown and one of his major strengths is forcing penalties and gaining turnovers.
“This year he was also one of Super Rugby’s top ten tacklers, so we are really looking forward to seeing that form continue in 2017 with the Brumbies.”
Alcock, who has represented the Greater Sydney Rams and Perth Spirit in the National Rugby Championship (NRC), will link with the Brumbies for Super Rugby pre-season training which will begin following the 2016 NRC.