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Brumbies re-sign Taliauli Smith for Super Rugby

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Canberra Super Rugby side the Brumbies have re-signed Lausii Taliauli and Ruan
Smith on one and two year deals respectively.

Former Australian Sevens representative Lausii Taliauli has signed a new one-year
deal with the club while tighthead prop Ruan Smith has signed a new two-year
deal.

Taliauli has been earmarked as one of Australia’s top wing prospects
following his debut for the Brumbies in Round One of the 2015 Super Rugby Season.
He made seven appearances for the side this year and crossed for one try.

Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham showed faith in the former Gold Coast Titans
NRL winger, by selecting Taliauli to start on the wing in the Brumbies Super
Rugby semi-final loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington.

“Lausii had a couple of chances with us this year and was ruled out
through injury, but I thought we saw a lot of promise in him when he played
the round games, ” Larkham said.

Born in New Zealand but raised on Australia’s Gold Coast from the age of 14,
Taliauli began to make strides in his rugby career playing for the famous Southport
School.

After graduation he switched to rugby league and played for the Gold Coast
Titans under-20 side for two years before concentrating on sevens rugby.

After debuting for the University of Canberra Vikings for the latter part of
the 2014 National Rugby Championship season, Taliauli is now regarded as one
of the Buildcorp NRC’s most electrifying try-scorers.

His pace and size was a feature during the 2015 John I Dent Cup in which he
was a member of the grand final winning Canberra Royals outfit.

Ruan Smith is the other Brumbies up-and-comer to have signed a new deal with
the club this week.

Smith, who hails from Vryburg South Africa linked with the Brumbies Extended
Playing Squad in 2013 after making his Super Rugby debut with the Western Force
in 2012. He has since played over 40 matches for the Brumbies, and was one of
only a handful of players to feature in every single Brumbies match during the
2015 season.

The 25-year is currently playing with Toyota Verblitz in Japan. He will return
to Australia to link up with the Brumbies in early 2016.

Brumbies CEO Michael Jones says the retention of both Taliauli and Smith adds
great depth to the Brumbies squad.

“Ruan is one of the best up-and-coming tighthead props in Australia, ”
Jones said.

“He’s being closely monitored by the Wallabies, and is currently
getting some valuable game time in Japan.

“He will link up with the rest of the Brumbies squad for the Super Rugby
pre-season.

“Having him locked in until the end of 2017 means we have a number of
great options in out front row for the next two seasons and great depth in some
key positions.

“Lausii is another player we are excited to retain.

“His pace and size make him a dangerous player to mark for any opposition.

“He showed us in 2015 that he’s built for Super Rugby so we’re
very happy to have him on board for next season.

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