Brumbies Confirm Two Wallabies Stars To Depart at the End of the Season - Ruck

Brumbies Confirm Two Wallabies Stars To Depart at the End of the Season

The Brumbies have confirmed the departures of two Wallabies stars, at the end of the 2023 Super Rugby season. Nic White and Pete Samu are set to depart the Canberra club, and will leave the GIO Stadium as firm fan favourites.

The Brumbies are chasing their first full Super Rugby title since 2004 (excluding the 2020 Super Rugby AU title), and currently sit in second place, behind the league leading Chiefs. White is set to remain in Super Rugby, and looks set to swap the Brumbies for the Western Force.

Nic White of Australia clears his lines during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Australia at Twickenham on 13 November 2021. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

Brumbies halfback, Nic White said to Rugby.com.au: “I started my career here in 2008 and now 15 years later, with a few years overseas, it is sadly time to say goodbye.

“I will forever be grateful to the Brumbies for giving me my first opportunity in professional rugby. The years spent here have shaped me into a better rugby player, and more importantly, a better man.

“Canberra has long been my home away from home. I will leave with many happy memories and lifelong friendship but the season is not done yet and there’s still plenty to play for so my focus is to give my best for the Brumbies and go out on a high.”

Brumbies back-rower, Pete Samu is set for a move overseas, with France being the desired location. Samu has previously played in New Zealand with the Crusaders, and this move takes him to the Northern Hemisphere with Bordeaux-Begles.

The 31-year-old has signed a two-year deal with Bordeaux, and said: “I just want to thank the Brumbies and the Canberra community for the past five years.”

“This club and Canberra will always be a special place for me and my family, and I’ll cherish the memories forever.

“What I’ll miss most is the boys and the culture we’ve built but we’ve still got more memories to make this year.”

Brumbies Head Coach, Stephen Larkham is gutted to see his two stars leave: “We’re disappointed to see Pete and Nic go at the end of the season, but we understand in professional sport, players and people have to make a difficult decision for themselves and their families.”

“The club made every effort to retain both players past this year, but the reality is there are factors outside of our control as well as the competitive marketplace for players of their calibre that come into play.

“Both Nic and Pete have been and will be integral members of our group and we will celebrate their significant contribution to the Brumbies at the right moment but our focus now is on Sunday against the Highlanders.”