Oosthuizen joins Brumbies for pre-season training

The University of Canberra Brumbies have kick-started their 2013 Super Rugby season with testing at the AIS on Monday morning.

The entire squad assembled at 7.30am, with explosive testing and a beep test showing the boys to be in good physical condition for the coming season.

Robbie Coleman produced some of the most encouraging results for the backs while Scott Fardy and Leon Power worked hard to represent the tight five.

Wallabies Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore and David Pocock were also on hand, with Monday’s testing the last chance for the University of Canberra Brumbies Athletic Performance Department to assess their condition before the European Spring Tour.

Head Coach Jake White said he was pleased with where the squad was positioned at this stage of the season.

“The players were given their own programs to work through while they were away and it’s encouraging to see them come back in good condition,” White said.

“This time last year we were probably a bit behind the eight ball in terms of our fitness and getting to know each other. There aren’t nearly as many new faces here today and the guys we have recruited are in good shape physically and mentally.

“Pre-season is always an encouraging time of year. We see players working their hardest to catch the coaches’ eyes and hopefully secure themselves a spot in the starting side.”

One of the freshest faces at University of Canberra Brumbies training was the club’s giant South African signing, Etienne Oosthuizen. The 120kg, 198cm lock cut and intimidating presence at the AIS and will almost certainly add a new, physical aspect to the University of Canberra Brumbies go forward.

“The Brumbies have presented me with a fantastic opportunity. Having grown up in South Africa, the move to Canberra was a big step for me but one I felt I was ready to make,” Oosthuizen said.

“My goals are to become a regular Brumby and then further down the track, to represent the Wallabies. This is a long-term move to Australia for me so naturally I’m very excited.

The University of Canberra Brumbies pre-season will run fulltime until 22 December when the group breaks for Christmas.

Etienne Oozthuizen
Height: 1.98m
Weight: 120kg
DOB: 22/12/1992, Klerksdorp, South Africa

Position:  Lock/flanker
Juniors: Bergsig Academy
School: Bergsig Academy
Colts: Golden Lions
Senior Club: TBA
Brumbies Player No: Uncapped
Super Rugby Debut: 2012 v Cheetahs, Bloemfontein (Lions)   

2003-2010: North West Province Lions Juniors
2011: Lions Under 19’s
2012: Lions Under 21’s

2012: Caps 3 (Lions)