30 Aug Brumbies sign prop Nic Mayhew for 2017
The Aquis Brumbies front row stocks have received a boost for 2017, with talented prop Nic Mayhew signing a one-year deal with the club.
Mayhew was born in Auckland and has played 11 matches for the Blues over his first two seasons in Super Rugby. The 27-year old can represent England, New Zealand and Australia due to his father being born in the UK and his late grand father in Australia. His father, John, was the All Blacks’ Team Doctor for 13 years.
The loosehead prop started out with Northcote Rugby Club and graduated to North Harbour’s Development Squad in 2010, earning his first ITM Cup cap for the team that same year. Mayhew left for England to link with Aviva Premiership side, Harlequins, in 2011 following recommendation from former All Black Craig Dowd.
After injury limited Mayhew’s game time with Harlequins in England’s top flight, he returned to North Harbour for the 2014 ITM Cup where his impressive performances earned him a call up to the Blues Super Rugby squad.
After debuting against the Hurricanes in 2015, Mayhew has continued his development with both the Blues and North Harbour and says he is very happy to be making the move to Australia to link with the Brumbies.
“I’m very much looking forward to linking with the current Australian Conference Champions,” Mayhew said.
“Being able to work alongside international props such as Scott Sio, Ben Alexander and Allan Alaalatoa will really push me each week.
“The Brumbies set-piece is one of the best in Super Rugby and under the guidance of their coaching staff, I really think I can take my game to a new level.
“I played against the Brumbies earlier this year and really respect their style of play.
“The goal for me is to continue to improve my game and contribute to the team however I can, so I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity with the Brumbies.”
Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham said he is pleased Mayhew has agreed to join the club.
“He’s a solid player with good talent at the set-piece, defensively he’s very strong as well,” Larkham said.
“He’s come through a tough development program at the Blues and North Harbour and has shown over the past two seasons of Super Rugby that he is ready for the next step in his career.
“His addition to the squad will improve our depth in the front row and we are looking forward to having him on board for 2017.”