Cape Town – Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar has finalised his 2020 squad
with 37 players named to take part in the 25th season of Super Rugby
There are 10 new signings for Brumbies supporters to look
out for, including the latest recruit from NRL outfit Melbourne Storm,
Solomone Kata, experienced lock Caderyn Neville, Sydney University Shute
Shield skipper Guy Porter and back-rower Will Miller.
Ten full Wallabies internationals are also represented in the
Brumbies squad with strong-running centre Tevita Kuridrani, world class
props Scott Sio, James Slipper and Allan Alaalatoa and hooker Folau
Fainga’a, the Brumbies leading try-scorer in 2019, all having been part
of the Wallabies at the recent Rugby World Cup in Japan.
This quartet are part of a strong continuity in the squad with 27
players returning from the successful season in 2019, including Tom
Banks, Pete Samu, Lachlan McCaffrey, Joe Powell and Tom Cusack.
“We feel we have a very balanced and exciting squad for the 2020
Super Rugby season,” McKellar told the Brumbies’ official website.
“There’s a great mix of youth and experience in the roster, but the
one thing they all have in common is their hunger to succeed, express
themselves on a rugby field, and be part of a winning culture at the
“Our recruitment has been excellent. We identified areas in which we
needed to bolster our ranks and we feel we have attracted the right type
of player, both in terms of their ability and character, to succeed
here in Canberra.”
Thirteen of the squad have been developed in the Brumbies’ academy
pathway, a system that has been responsible for starting the Super Rugby
careers of lock Darcy Swain, talented prop Tom Ross, scrumhalf Ryan
Lonergan, who excelled with the Canberra Vikings in Australia’s National
Rugby Championship, hooker Lachlan Lonergan and promising flyhalf Noah
Lolesio amongst others.
The likes of these players, plus centre Len Ikitau and utility back
Mack Hansen, are perfect examples of the pathway system working to its
full intent, something that McKellar is keen to see continue.
“We have made no secret of the fact that we believe that, as a club,
we should be growing our own players for Super Rugby,” he said.
“We must have a thriving Academy pathway in place to succeed in this
competition and allow for sustainable success. We are now seeing the
benefits of the good work being undertaken by our Academy staff with a
number of exciting talents coming into the senior squad.”
The Brumbies are back in training on Monday, November 18 with their
Super Rugby campaign commencing on Friday, January 31 with the visit of
the Reds to GIO Stadium in Canberra.
Brumbies 2020 Super Rugby squad:
Allan Alaalatoa, Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin,
Harry Lloyd, Tom Ross, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Shambeckler Vui, Folau
Fainga’a, Lachlan Lonergan, Connal Mcinerney, Murray Douglas, Blake
Enever, Nick Frost, Caderyn Neville, Darcy Swain, Jahrome Brown, Tom
Cusack, Lachlan Mccaffrey, Will Miller, Pete Samu, Rob Valetini
Issak Fines, Ryan Lonergan, Joe Powell,
Bayley Kuenzle, Noah Lolesio, Reesjan Pasitoa, Len Ikitau, Tevita
Kuridrani, Guy Porter, Irae Simone, Tom Wright, Tom Banks, Mack Hansen,
Solomone Kata, Andrew Muirhead, Toni Pulu