AUSTRALIAN BACK AND second row Scott Fardy will join Leinster after the conclusion of the 2017 Super Rugby season, the province confirmed today.
The 39-cap Wallaby is understood to have agreed a two-year contract in Ireland after 83 appearances in five years for the Canberra-based side.
“Scott is a player of considerable talent and experience and we are looking forward to welcoming him to Leinster,” says head coach Leo Cullen who made it clear that the 6’6″ Sydney native will be used primarily as a lock.
“In order to compete consistently on two fronts in the Guinness PRO12 and the Champions Cup we need to have competition across the team and while Scott has played a lot of rugby in the back row, we have signed Scott as a second row and believe he will complement the second row options that we already have here in Leinster.
“His arrival though is some way off (The Super Rugby final is on 5 August) and I know that he is keen to focus on the rest of his time with the Brumbies as are we with the rest of the PRO12 and Champions Cup season starting tomorrow against the Scarlets in the RDS (19.35, TG4). But it is certainly an exciting announcement for the team and for our supporters ahead of next season.”
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Fardy chats to Adam Ashley Cooper and ex-Leinster lock Kane Douglas during the World Cup. Source: PA Archive/PA Images
“I am delighted to be joining Leinster Rugby a club with a rich heritage and a proud tradition,” Fardy said in today’s statement.
“I’ve enjoyed hugely my time with the Brumbies since making my debut in 2012 but this is an exciting opportunity for me to challenge myself in a new club and a different country.
“I am very grateful to the Brumbies and the Australian fans for all the support over the years and I am committed to seeing out the Super Rugby season in a positive manner and that continues this weekend against the Sharks (Saturday, 8.45AM, Sky Sports 3).”
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