Salvi commits to Brumbies


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Robust flanker Julian Salvi has re-signed with the CA Brumbies for another two years.

The 22 year old, who has started off the bench in each of the CA Brumbies’ fixtures this season, has been among the side’s most consistent performers, with his strong form rewarded with tries against the Waratahs and Hurricanes.

The former Marist College student joined the CA Brumbies direct from school in 2004 and represented the Australian Schoolboys (2002-2003) and Australian Under 21’s (2005-2006) before being selected in the Australia A side for the 2007 Pacific Nations Cup.

Salvi, who was also included in the Wallabies’ Rugby World Cup training camp at the beginning of 2007, says he’s pleased to remain in Canberra.

‘Being a born-and-bred Canberra boy my preference was always to stay with the Brumbies,’ he said. ‘I’ve enjoyed being part of the program since I joined the Academy in 2000, we’ve got a great young squad at the moment, my family is all in Canberra and I love playing my footy here.

‘While there was some interest from elsewhere, I believe that staying with the Brumbies is my best opportunity to develop my game at the Super 14 level and prepare myself for any higher honours in the future.’

Salvi says he’s pleased to remain part of one of the best back rows in the Investec Super 14.

‘We’re very fortunate to have such a strong playing group at the moment,’ he said. ‘If I want to grow my own game, I believe it’s important to surround yourself with the best players and as part of the best rugby programs. I realise I’ve still got development left in my game but having the opportunity to play and train alongside guys like George [Smith], Chappo [Mitch Chapman] and Hoilesy [Stephen Hoiles] can only be beneficial.’

Head Coach Laurie Fisher says Salvi has been a consistent performer for the CA Brumbies.

‘It’s particularly pleasing to see a player rise through the local ranks the way Jules has and we’re very pleased to see him remain with the Brumbies,’ he said.

‘He’s a very mobile and fit back-rower who is very hard at the ball and he’s made a noticeable impact with each performance this season.

‘He’s been very professional in his approach to his football throughout his career, he’s keen to learn and develop his game and that attitude will hold him in good stead as he continues to take his game forward.’

Brumbies Rugby CEO Andrew Fagan says Salvi is a key member of the CA Brumbies’ new generation.

‘Julian has been a regular member of the squad since he made his debut in 2005,’ he said. ‘He’s a player who has made the most of each opportunity he has been presented throughout his career and is another player who we’re proud to have seen come through the CA Brumbies’ development system.

‘Having captained the Australian Schoolboys and Under 21’s, Jules is someone who’s been identified as a player with definite leadership potential and we look forward to him taking on a senior role within the side during his time with the Brumbies.

‘He’s a very popular member within the playing squad and through the broader Brumbies Rugby community and we’re very pleased that Jules will continue to play an important role within the organisation.’

Julian Salvi

Position: Flanker/No.8

Physical: 1.87m; 102kg
Born: 09.10.1985, Canberra, ACT
Super 14 Caps: 31
Super 14 Points: 10 [2t]
Super 14 Debut: 2005 v Chiefs, Canberra

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