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Brumbies baulk at Hewat replacement


Lee Gaskin

The ACT Brumbies have ruled out signing a replacement for Peter Hewat for the remainder of the Super Rugby season.

Hewat will leave Canberra at the end of the week after the Brumbies baulked at the insurance cost required to cover his contract with Japanese club Suntory.

The former NSW Waratahs point-scoring machine joined the Brumbies earlier this month as cover at fly-half after season-ending injuries to Christian Lealiifano and Matt Toomua.

The 34-year-old hasn’t played a game for the Australian conference leaders and will return to Japan with Suntory.

Hewat was already unable to feature in the finals because he was contracted to Suntory after April 1.Softening the blow has been the impressive form of Zack Holmes.

The 21-year-old has been a standout since being handed the No 10 jersey, while versatile outside back Robbie Coleman can also play in the key playmaking role.

‘‘Peter will return to Japan after an insurance complication kept him sidelined since arriving in Canberra almost a month ago,’’ a Brumbies spokesperson said.‘‘To insure Peter for the remaining competition games was going to cost substantially more that first anticipated and with relatively few injuries to the Brumbies backs a decision was made to maintain the squad as it was.

‘‘Our inside backs have been playing well and with Peter unable to play in the finals due to a SANZAR ruling the decision was made to release him back to Japan.

‘‘Hewat will be kept in contact and should the Brumbies suffer another injury to a key playmaker the possibility of recalling the former Waratah into the squad will be revisited.’’

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