Rugby Union

Brumbies set to re-sign Scott Fardy, Sam Carter and Tevita Kuridrani after beating Rebels

Christian Lealiifano is poised to re-sign with the Brumbies.
Christian Lealiifano is poised to re-sign with the Brumbies. Photo: Getty Images

The ACT Brumbies are poised to re-sign three stars as players reject the lure of overseas riches to invest in the club's plan to be a Super Rugby powerhouse.

It's understood Sam Carter, Scott Fardy and Tevita Kuridrani have all but finalised new contracts to stay in Canberra, with the deals to be announced as early as Monday.

The Wallabies trio were hot property on the open market, but while there are fears of a mass exodus in Australian rugby after the World Cup, they are keen to chase success with the Brumbies and Wallabies.

Test stars Adam Ashley-Cooper, James Horwill, Nic White and Sekope Kepu have already announced they will quit Australian rugby at the end of the year.

But Carter, Fardy and Kuridrani believe they've got more to achieve and are set to turn their backs on rich international offers.

It's a massive boost as the Brumbies prepare to return to Canberra Stadium on Friday night for an Australian derby against the Western Force.

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The Brumbies showed they've got plenty of grit with a hard-fought win against the Melbourne Rebels last weekend, ending a six-match losing streak away from Canberra.

The win also saw inside centre Christian Lealiifano become just the third player in Brumbies history to reach 500 points, joining Stirling Mortlock (1019) and Joe Roff (588).

But Lealiifano, who re-signed with the Brumbies last year, says he will only feel comfortable being mentioned alongside club legends Mortlock and Roff when he has a Super Rugby title.

Lealiifano has returned to the form that saw him win games for the Wallabies, but he hasn't set himself a goal of reclaiming the kicking duties for Australia.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said Lealiifano's return to form could prove the difference for them to win the title.

Roff played in both of the Brumbies' Super Rugby championships in 2001 and 2004, while Mortlock was part of the title-winning squad both years, but missed the grand finals due to injury.

"Those are some massive names ... legends at the club. I guess it's always nice and very humbling to be mentioned in the same breath as those guys," he said.

"Those guys have won titles too, that's my main goal to try and win a title here.

"I'd feel a lot more comfortable once there's a Super Rugby title next to my name, all of us as well, that's the plan and we'll work towards that."

An ankle injury hampered his kicking practice last year and he struggled to find his radar throughout the season.

It also saw him lose the Wallabies duties, but Lealiifano isn't looking towards reclaiming that role just yet.

Larkham said a fit and firing super boot can prove the difference in a tilt at the Super Rugby title.

With Lealiifano on song in 2013 the Brumbies made the grand final, only to narrowly fall short with the Waikato Chiefs running over them in the final 20 minutes.

But when Lealiifano struggled the following year, they didn't finish in the top two and were knocked out in the semi-finals.

"We probably identified that last year as one of the reasons why we didn't finish the season last year where we wanted to finish," Larkham said.

"He worked really hard in the off-season. All last year he struggled with a lot of pain in his ankle, but we rectified that after the season and he spent a lot of time working on that.

"It gives you a lot of confidence particularly as a player knowing that ... if you can't get across the line with ball in hand, you've got a sharpshooter who can get the ball through the posts."

SUPER RUGBY ROUND FOUR

Friday: ACT Brumbies v Western Force at Canberra Stadium, 7.40pm. Tickets available at Ticketek.

TV time: Live on Fox Sports 2.