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Brumbies sign South African lock for 2013

Brumbies coach Jake White.

Brumbies coach Jake White.

Brumbies coach Jake White has signed South African man-mountain Etienne Oosthuizen as his foreign development player for the next two Super Rugby seasons.

With Fijian-born winger Henry Speight's status changing to Australian in August, an international spot opened up on the Brumbies roster and it's no surprise former Springboks coach White looked to his old backyard to boost his forward stocks.

Giant lock Oosthuizen represented South Africa at schoolboys' level and played three Super Rugby matches for the Lions this year, but says he's now got his heart set on one day playing for the Wallabies.

At just 19 years of age, Oosthuizen is the youngest player on the Brumbies list, but is also the biggest at 198cm and 120kg.

White believes he's found a powerful and aggressive lock in Oosthuizen, who is looking for a fresh start after the Lions were squeezed out of next year's Super Rugby competition.

"Every player wants to develop their rugby under world class coaches like Jake White and Laurie Fisher. As a South African, I realised the chance to move to Australia and join one of the world's best rugby programs was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Oosthuizen said.

"I've followed the Brumbies development this year and they were one of my favourite teams to watch.

"I know I can add to their style and look forward to the coaching staff improving my own game at the same time.

"It was a shame to see the Lions relegated at the end of the year and I am leaving some good friends behind in Johannesburg but ... I can't wait to get to Canberra."


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