Irae Simone, a former New Zealand Schoolboys Under 18s representative, joins the Plus500 Brumbies from rivals the Waratahs having won ten caps with the Sydneysiders making his debut in 2017 against the Western Force in Sydney impressing with his physicality and ability to cross the gain-line. Born in Auckland, Simone moved to Australia in 2014 and spent two years playing rugby league with South Sydney. He represented the Rabbitohs in the Auckland Nines that year and played in every position in the backline in the Holden Cup competition. Upon his switch to Union, he first burst into prominence in 2016 when he was named as Shute Shield Rookie of the Year after a standout season for the Championship side, Northern Suburbs. The swashbuckling centre was in fine form in the Shute Shield during 2018 and will be a welcome addition to the midfield ranks at the Canberra-based side having impressed during the NRC with Canberra Vikings.