Rugby Union


Oosthuizen to lift ACT

The ACT Brumbies will today unveil South African teenage giant Etienne Oosthuizen as the last man on their full-time roster.

As revealed in the The Canberra Times two weeks ago, Brumbies coach Jake White found Oosthuizen after returning to his home country following the Super Rugby season.

The 19-year-old is 198 centimetres and will fight for a position in the forward pack as a lineout specialist.

He is a junior Springbok and played for the Johannesburg Lions at the end of the Super Rugby campaign.

But Oosthuizen has been recruited by White with the view of developing him into a potential future Wallaby.

The Brumbies have two foreign player spots available on their roster.


Prop Ruaidhri Murphy fills one and Oosthuizen will fill the other after signing a two-year deal. Fijian-born winger Henry Speight will be eligible to represent the Wallabies next year and therefore won't be considered a foreign-contracted player.

The Brumbies are the only Australian Super Rugby franchise who do not have a lock in the Wallabies squad.

But their big-man stocks are strong, with Oosthuizen to join Sam Carter and Leon Power as specialists while Peter Kimlin and Scott Fardy are versatile second-rowers.

The Brumbies' attention will now turn to signing their five extended player squad representatives.

Their deals have to be finalised in the coming weeks.