Brumbies: first signings for Jake

2011-05-26 00:00

CANBERRA — New Brumbies coach Jake White has re-signed lock Peter Kimlin and snared promising Northern Suburbs back Cam Crawford to two-year deals as the former Springbok mentor begins the process of turning around the struggling franchise.

According to the Australia Associated Press, Kimlin, who played two Tests for the Wallabies in 2009, will bolster the Super Rugby club’s depleted backrow stocks as a result of losing France-bound Mark Chisholm and Mitch Chapman, who is headed for Japan in 2012.

Crawford — tipped to play fullback next season — will debut for the Canberra-based franchise after starring last year for Northern Suburbs in Sydney’s Shute Shield competition.

The 2011 Brumbies Academy member was second top try-scorer in the Sydney club competition and, at 99 kg and 193 cm, will add bulk to the Brumbies backline. It is hoped White, who takes over from Tony Rea in July, can turn the club’s fortunes around as he did for the Springboks when he took the helm in 2003, ultimately overseeing victory at the 2007 World Cup.

 

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