Etienne Oosthuizen is a big, strong lock with ambitions to one day wear Wallaby gold for Australia. South African born and bred Oosthuizen fits the bill for what Jake White is looking for in a lock – big, powerful and aggressive. 2013 presents Oosthuizen with his first taste of Australian rugby having represented South Africa’s Northern provinces for the majority of his life as a junior, first with the Leopards and then with the Lions. After starring for the Lion’s Under 19’s and Under 21’s sides, Oosthuizen was picked for the Johannesburg club’s top team in 2012 when he made his Super Rugby debut against the Cheetahs. Working well in the line-out and around the park, Oosthuizen went on to claim another two caps in 2012 before signing with the Brumbies for the 2013 season. At the conclusion of the 2012 Super Rugby season Oosthuizen remained in Johannesburg with the Lions to take on the rest of South Africa in the Curry Cup. With the aim of defending their Currie Cup title and moving past the disappointment of being relegated at the expense of the Kings, Oosthuizen and his Lions teammates made the most of the 2012 Curry Cup season and again it was the Cheetahs he would debut against, in September. Born in 1992, Oosthuizen is the youngest member of the Brumbies 2013 squad but has managed to do more growing in that time than any of his new team mates. Brumbies fans can expect massive things from their new man mountain come game day.
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