08 Jun Roos returns to Southern Districts
With the imminent return of Argentinean scrum-half Tomas Cubelli to action, and with young half-back Ryan Lonergan back to full fitness, De Wet Roos will return to Shute Shield Rugby with Southern Districts.
Roos, who made ten appearances for the Brumbies, all as a replacement for Joe Powell during the Super Rugby campaign, was signed on as cover for the injured Cubelli in February and settled into the environment at the club, becoming a firm crowd favourite.
Making his debut against the Crusaders in Christchurch, Roos was ever-present in the Matchday squad thereafter, playing his final game in the 32-3 victory over the Rebels that secured the Australian Conference title. And, despite being sad that his Super Rugby journey is over for now, Roos is confident he has much to offer at the elite level.
“It’s a pretty sad day,” Roos revealed. “I was looking forward to being around the team for the rest of the year but with players coming back from injury it’s not possible. I had a good experience and I learned a lot from the players and the coaches here and it’s been a very enjoyable experience and a very good learning curve.
“My debut in Christchurch was surreal, when I ran out onto the field and I came to the realisation that I was playing Super Rugby. Just to get out there in front of a decent crowd was great. After that, every time I got onto the field, I just tried to integrate and do my part.”
Having a taste of Super Rugby has left Roos wanting more and, in the plus column, prospective employers now know that he is more than comfortable mixing it with the best.
“I feel there is a lot more to come and that I have a lot more to offer, not just to Super Rugby but to the Brumbies for this year,” he said. “I will be back in training here for the finals series, but I feel I have a lot to offer for a Super Rugby team if I get picked up for next year.
“It’s made me a little bit more eager and hungry to play Super Rugby and I think I settled in quite well here. I felt comfortable out on the field so I think it’s a level I can perform at and that I can do better.
“I learnt a lot and have grown as a player. Where I had a fair bit to offer in Shute Shield for Southern Districts before, I can offer a lot more now and probably help expand the players and coaches’ knowledge up there which is a big plus.”
The famous Brumbies culture is well documented in Australian rugby history and that is certainly something that Roos would attest to having spent the last six months with the squad.
“The camaraderie of all the boys and the coaching staff here is amazing,” he said. “We all get along well and had an incredible away trip to South Africa and Argentina. We came together well.
“The spirit amongst the franchise is great. I even mixed in quite well with the Commercial Staff, I found that they were welcoming and open to conversation, it’s been a pleasurable experience.
“I will now head back up to Sydney and into full-time work from 7am-4pm and have night time training with Southern Districts, my club team, up there and I am looking forward to getting some solid minutes of some high-quality rugby in the Shute Shield and, fingers crossed, I will be back down in Canberra next year.”
Having trained with both Powell and Cubelli Roos has nothing but praise for the duo and has a parting message for the Brumbies support ahead of the Quarter Final clash in July.
“I have high opinions of both Cube and Joey,” Roos commented. “Cube is a very warm kind of person and welcomed me into the squad when I came to cover for him. He tried to help as much as he could and was very genuine character.
“Me and Joey hit it off pretty much straight away. We had a few good laughs and played a little bit of golf together. He is a very good person and has played some very good rugby and I am looking forward to seeing him in the Wallabies jersey. For me he has been the best halfback in Australia this season and will do well for the Wallabies.
“To the fans, thank you very much for welcoming me with open arms and for being very vocal. I appreciate and am humbled by all the support that we have. Get behind the boys and don’t lose faith in the team because the boys will do their best and hopefully we can fill out the stadium come Quarter Final time.”