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Rathbone to stay at Brumbies

Wallaby winger Clyde Rathbone gave the ACT Brumbies a huge boost Thursday by announcing he would be staying with the Australian Super 12 rugby franchise for a further two seasons.

The former South African under-21 captain had been in the sights of rival Australian provincial franchises NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds and new team Western Force ahead of next year’s inaugural Super 14 season.

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Rathbone’s decision comes at a time when the former Super 12 champions have lost scrum-half Matt Henjak and No.8 Scott Fava to the Western Force and fly-half Sam Norton-Knight to the Waratahs, while experienced flanker Owen Finegan has moved to Europe.

“The Brumbies gave me the opportunity to play rugby in Australia and provided a pathway for me to represent the Wallabies,” Rathbone said.

“They have been very loyal to me and my family and by staying loyal to them I can repay them for the opportunities they have given me.”

Rathbone missed the Wallabies’ 69-21 win over Italy last weekend after suffering a knee injury in Australia’s 74-7 win against Samoa in Sydney on June 11.