Brumbies sign explosive flanker Samu from Crusaders
The Brumbies have boosted their backrow stocks for 2019 with the announcement that Crusaders flanker Pete Samu is moving to Canberra, a move that will also put him firmly on the radar of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.
Born in Melbourne, Samu is eligible for Australian selection despite playing most of his rugby in New Zealand. He also had a couple of stints with Randwick and time in the UK with St. Ives, but it was his form with Tasman in the ITM Cup that got him a chance with the Crusaders back in 2015.
He was voted Player of the Year for the Knights – the Crusaders Development Team – in his first year, and took his Super Rugby bow with the Crusaders against the Blues in 2016, going onto rack up over 35 appearances to date.
“We are delighted that Peter Samu has agreed to join the Brumbies for the 2019 Super Rugby season,” said head coach Dan McKellar.
“Peter is a powerful backrower with good speed and a skill-set that suits how we want to play at the Brumbies. He comes from a highly successful program and has enjoyed success at both Mitre 10 Cup and Super Rugby level.
“Having been involved in trophy-winning sides in both those competitions, he brings a winning mind-set to the group and we look forward to his arrival.”
26-year-old Samu paid tribute to his current employers for the opportunity to shine at this level, whilst looking ahead to the exciting challenge in front of him with his new suitors.
“I am thrilled by the challenge of joining the Brumbies and am looking forward to taking to the field for the club,” he said. “The Brumbies are well-renowned throughout Super Rugby for being a successful club and for having a fantastic playing culture. I am excited to get to Canberra, settle in and get out onto the field.
“I’d like to thank the Crusaders for giving me a chance at this level and wish them all the best for the future.”
Name: Pete Samu
Born: Melbourne, Australia
Super Rugby Debut: 2016 v Blues in Christchurch
Super Rugby Caps: 28
Super Rugby Points: 40 (8t)
Former Clubs: Randwick, Tasman, Crusaders