Canberra based Super Rugby franchise the Brumbies have completed the signing of fly-half Wharenui Hawera from Southland.
The New Zealand born pivot Hawera joins the club fresh off a tremendous season with the Stags in the Mitre 10 Cup where he contributed 64 points.
Hawera, a product of St. Peter’s School, Hamilton, had been a part of Waikato’s provincial squad for four years, making 22 appearances for the NZ powerhouse. An attacking ten with silky skills, Hawera will push for a starting spot with the Brumbies in 2017.
“We are delighted that Wharenui has signed on for the 2017 Super Rugby season,” Head Coach Stephen Larkham commented.
“He has a tremendous skill-set and excellent pace and will provide plenty of competition for the number ten jersey alongside our other options in that position. His attitude in training has been superb and he is settling well into the environment.”
Hawera himself was ecstatic to have been offered the chance to make a name for himself in the Brumbies colours having been given a chance to prove his worth at Super Rugby level.
“It’s an exciting challenge and one that I am looking forward to,” Hawera commented. “To be afforded the opportunity to be a part of the Brumbies Rugby squad is fantastic and I will be working hard to ensure I am in the best position to put my hand up for selection in the starting fifteen.
“It was a nervous wait for me during the pre-Christmas period to see whether I would be taken on and I just made sure that I gave myself the best opportunity by training hard and putting in the effort on the paddock. Fortunately, it has paid off for me and I am looking forward to seeing what the experience of playing Super Rugby brings.”
The Brumbies face a pair of trial matches ahead of the Global Rugby Tens in Brisbane in mid-February beginning with a clash against the Australian Barbarians at Viking Park, Erindale (28 January) before they travel to Mudgee to tackle the Waratahs (4 February).
Name: Wharenui Hawera
Born: Hamilton, NZ
School: St. Peter’s School, Hamilton, New Zealand