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Jerry props for fresh start with Fiji


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].''

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 35vs FJI 11 Report Stats
TGA 10vs GEO 17 Report Stats
IRE 50vs CAN 7 Report Stats
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 32vs JPN 34 Report Stats
FRA 32vs ITA 10 Report Stats
SAM 25vs USA 16 Report Stats
WAL 54vs URU 9 Report Stats
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NZL 26vs ARG 16 Report Stats
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SCO 45vs JPN 10 Report Stats
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AUS 28vs FJI 13 Report Stats
FRA 38vs ROM 11 Report Stats
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NZL 58vs NAM 14 Report Stats
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 54vs GEO 9 Report Stats
ITA 23vs CAN 18 Report Stats
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 46vs SAM 6 Report Stats
ENG 25vs WAL 28 Report Stats
AUS 65vs URU 3 Report Stats
SCO 39vs USA 16 Report Stats
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IRE 44vs ROM 10 Report Stats
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 35vs NAM 21 Report Stats
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 23vs FJI 13 Report Stats
FRA 41vs CAN 18 Report Stats
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 43vs GEO 10 Report Stats
SAM 5vs JPN 26 Report Stats
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 34vs SCO 16 Report Stats
ENG 13vs AUS 33 Report Stats
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 45vs TGA 16 Report Stats
IRE 16vs ITA 9 Report Stats
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 15vs ROM 17 Report Stats
FJI 47vs URU 15 Report Stats
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
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SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00Leicester City Stadium
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ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
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WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
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WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
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LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 3 3 0 0 97 13
Wales 3 3 0 0 58 13
England 3 1 2 0 1 6
Fiji 4 1 3 0 -17 5
Uruguay 3 0 3 0 -139 0
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South Africa 3 2 1 0 56 11
Scotland 3 2 1 0 40 10
Japan 3 2 1 0 -12 8
Samoa 3 1 2 0 -52 4
USA 2 0 2 0 -32 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
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New Zealand 3 3 0 0 87 14
Argentina 3 2 1 0 64 10
Tonga 3 1 2 0 -22 6
Georgia 3 1 2 0 -71 4
Namibia 2 0 2 0 -58 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Ireland 3 3 0 0 84 14
France 3 3 0 0 72 14
Italy 3 1 2 0 -24 5
Romania 3 1 2 0 -59 4
Canada 4 0 4 0 -73 2
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