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Two-year deal a dream come true for Fardy


Chris Dutton

Scott Fardy wants to repay Jake White for giving him his Super Rugby opportunity and is determined not to let the ACT Brumbies down after signing a new two-year deal.

Fardy ended a career of uncertainty by agreeing to his first multi-year deal to remain with the Brumbies until at least the end of the 2014 season.

It caps off a stunning rise from rugby obscurity to the Brumbies starting XV.

There was a time not long ago when Fardy thought his professional rugby dream was over. But in just six months he has been promoted from the extended player squad to a full-time contract.

Before joining the Brumbies, Fardy was playing in Japan not knowing if he would get a chance to play Super Rugby.

''I probably considered ending trying to be a professional rugby player and I was going to give it one more year in Japan and then come home,'' Fardy said.

''I don't know what I would be doing after rugby but thankfully it didn't get to that.

''There were some serious times where I thought I wouldn't get to Super Rugby so it's a relief to get a crack.

''I think we're building something here, Jake gave me my shot and I've said to my agent I want to stay here.

''The goal was to come back and get a two-year contract, I've never had one before and I've always been year-to-year.''

Fardy has performed so well in his debut campaign that White described him as epitomising everything he wanted in a player.

Few can doubt Fardy's hunger.

Since joining the Brumbies squad he has been one of the most hard-working players and has impressed so much he has been a regular in the starting XV.

His ability to play lock and blindside flanker makes him a valuable asset to White and he adds aggression to the young forward pack.

The 27-year-old is one of the oldest rookies in Super Rugby.

Forwards coach Laurie Fisher described him as an ''unfashionable footballer'' but said his desperate desire to do well made him one of the squad's strongest players.

''He's certainly not technically the best footballer around, but he's very fit and a scrapper,'' Fisher said.

''He's in there competing, hard to shift, and he's in every contest.

''He's got good balance, he's an unfashionable footballer, but he gets the job done.''

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
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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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
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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Round 3
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
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
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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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
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
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
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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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG vs AUS 01:30Twic
WAL vs RSA 01:30MilS
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