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Jerry props for fresh start with Fiji

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Chris Dutton

Jerry Yanuyanutawa is set to leave the Brumbies.

Jerry Yanuyanutawa is set to leave the Brumbies. Photo: Graham Tidy

ACT BRUMBIES prop Jerry Yanuyanutawa will put his Super Rugby ambitions on hold to begin a stint with the Fiji national team next week to help relaunch his career.

However, making his Test debut for the Flying Fiji will end his hopes of winning a new contract in Canberra with the Brumbies' two foreign player spots already filled by Ruaidhri Murphy and Henry Speight.

Yanuyanutawa has been granted a six-week international release by the Brumbies and the ARU to play Tests against Japan, Samoa, Tonga and Scotland.

Wests' Junior Luteru scores a try.

Wests' Junior Luteru scores a try. Photo: Rohan Thomson RTT

If the Brumbies suffer injuries in the front row while Yanuyanutawa is away, he will immediately return to bolster the ranks. But he is expected to remain with Fiji until late June when he will be allowed to return to the Brumbies and finish the Super Rugby campaign.

As of next year, Yanuyanutawa will be classified as a foreign player in the Australian player market and the Brumbies will not be able to re-sign him because they have Murphy and Speight.

The 27-year-old hasn't been able to force his way into the Brumbies' game-day squad and hopes playing for Fiji will help him attract offers for next year.

Yanuyanutawa has played for Fiji Schoolboys and under-21s before Australia A in 2008.

Since then injuries have crippled his hopes of having an impact in professional rugby, limiting him to just nine Super Rugby caps.

''I've always wanted to play international rugby so it's a great opportunity and the Brumbies have been supportive of that,'' Yanuyanutawa said. ''It was a tough choice but I've had my opportunities with the Brumbies.

''It has been frustrating with injuries and this does rule me out with the Brumbies for next year.''

Yanuyanutawa played for Easts in their 29-10 loss to the Gungahlin Eagles at Nicholls yesterday and he will leave Canberra on Wednesday to join the Fiji squad.

He was joined by fellow Brumby Ben Hand in the Easts side while Leon Power and Tevita Kuridrani tried to keep up their match fitness playing for the Queanbeyan Whites against the Uni-Norths Owls.

Meanwhile, Wests coach Craig Robberds was left disappointed with his team's performance despite the side cruising to a 40-17 win over Royals at Jamison Oval.

After trailing early, Wests piled on six tries for a 23-point victory and second place on the ladder.

But a far from satisfied Robberds blasted his forward pack and said they need to improve if they want to challenge the ladder-leading Tuggeranong next weekend.

''A few tries went missing because we didn't hold on to the ball,'' Robberds said. ''To be honest I'm not really happy, I'm disappointed. It's about where we want to be, we have to be more ruthless at the breakdown … next week is going to be the big test and our forwards have to be a lot better than what they were [yesterday].''

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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