Jarrad Butler

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Super Rugby Caps:
35
Super Rugby Points:
10
Super Rugby Debut:
2012 v Highlanders, Brisbane (Reds)
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Height: 186cm
Weight: 106kg
Date Of Birth: 20/07/1991
Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Club  
Club Tuggeranong Vikings
A breakout season in 2014 has thrust Jarrad Butler into the spotlight as one of the best loose forwards in Australian rugby.

Cleaning up at the Brumbies awards night, Butler not only took home the Shawn Mackay Award for Most Outstanding Young Talent but also the Brett Robinson Players Player, voted the best Brumby throughout 2014.

With David Pocock suffering a season-ending knee injury just two games into the season, Butler was asked to fill the biggest boots in Australian rugby and didn’t take a backward step. He was instrumental in the Brumbies rise to the Super Rugby Finals, particularly towards the back end of the season.

A former Red who rose through the ranks from QLD Schoolboys to Suncorp Stadium, Butler joined the Brumbies at the tail end of 2013 looking for more game time and increased opportunities. He didn’t have to wait long, with the first round game against his former side the Reds, providing Butler with a perfect opportunity to kick-start his career in Canberra.

Through the aged-grade years Butler has appeared in green and gold at every opportunity, featuring in the Australian Schools side back in 2007 before graduating to the U20s in 2011 which contested the Junior World Cup in Italy.

Butler was then signed to a deal with the Reds which took him through to the end of 2013, before looking beyond Brisbane to continue his rugby under Laurie Fisher and Stephen Larkham in Canberra.

Butler’s leadership qualities have also been well recognised in the last 12 months with the Vice-Captaincy of the UC Vikings being handed to him for the 2014 NRC season. Butler featured at the back of the scrum all season for the Vikings and was once again recognised by his peers as the team’s Player’s Player on presentation night.
2007: Having settled in Brisbane with family after being born and raised in Wellington New Zealand, Butler is a key member of The Southport School’s 1st XV and eventually pushes his way into contention to represent the Australian Schoolboys.