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Lock it in: White flies home to fill roster

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Lee Gaskin

Jake White hopes to find the final player for the Brumbies' 30-man squad in 2013 on a trip to his homeland, South Africa.

Jake White hopes to find the final player for the Brumbies' 30-man squad in 2013 on a trip to his homeland, South Africa.

ACT Brumbies coach Jake White will fly to South Africa today in search of a lock who will add aggression to his already powerful forward pack.

White is looking to fill the 30th and final spot on his Super Rugby roster with an emerging player to add depth to his ranks.

The Brumbies don't have the salary cap space to chase an established star and have ruled out making a play for a current international, scotching speculation they could be bringing Springboks giant Danie Rossouw to Canberra.

Scott Fardy and Sam Carter both produced outstanding seasons to fill the two starting lock positions in the Brumbies' side, while Leon Power was a more than capable back-up off the bench.

The Brumbies also have the five spots available in their extended player squad.

The club farewelled its seven departing players at its end-of-season presentation function at Rydges Lakeside on Saturday night.

Flanker Michael Hooper and outside back Cam Crawford are off to the NSW Waratahs, while winger Kimami Sitauti will hope to get more opportunities for game time at the Melbourne Rebels.

Leading the overseas contingent is popular Fijian prop Jerry Yanuyanutawa, who has inked a deal with London Irish, while veteran lock Ben Hand and hooker Anthony Hegarty are both off to French club Grenoble.

Flanker Dylan Sigg has been released.

The Brumbies narrowly missed this year's finals and newly-crowned Brett Robinson medallist Stephen Moore is confident a third piece of silverware isn't far away, adding to the titles won in 2001 and 2004.

"The end point for us is to win a Super Rugby championship, and I think that's achievable in the short to medium term," he said.

"No one thought we'd do anything this year and we almost made the finals.

"If we can keep improving the way we did this year, anything's possible."

Moore claimed the club's players' player award after a stellar season, narrowly edging out Hooper and flyhalf Christian Lealiifano.

The experienced hooker had little time to celebrate his victory, boarding a flight to Sydney yesterday morning to rejoin the Wallabies ahead of Saturday's Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener against the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium.

"Any award voted by your peers means the most," Moore said.

"For those guys you play with to feel you're offering some value means the world to me.

"It's very humbling, but there's any number of guys that could have taken it out."

Rugby Internationals 2014

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SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
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RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
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RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
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IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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