Brumbies hang on to Hawera

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The Brumbies have locked in promising flyhalf Wharenui Hawera, securing his services for two more years.

Coach Stephen Larkham had big wraps on the Kiwi born playmaker in the preseason and he has delivered on those high expectations, cementing his spot as the team's chief pivot alongside fellow young gun Joe Powell.

It's Hawera's running game which catches the eye.

He attacks the line hard with ball in hand and that creates opportunities for those outside him.Hawera has impressed in his first Super Rugby season. Photo: Getty ImagesThere is still work to be done on other parts of his attacking arsenal but Larkham looks to have found a long term solution at flyhalf in the 24-year-old.

"Wharenui first came into the Brumbies program for this year’s preseason which started in December last year,” Larkham said.

“He immediately impressed with his skill-set and ability to control a game.

"Any normal player who has to make the step up to Super Rugby level takes time to find their feet, but Futz has instantly become an integral part of our attacking focus.

“We are confident that he has the skills and ability to push on with his career and make a huge mark at the elite level with the Brumbies.”Hawera's attacking arsenal has been on show in 2017. Photo: Getty ImagesHawera was delighted with the news.

"I have settled quite well into the city and I am enjoying my experience of playing Super Rugby with the club," he said.

"The Brumbies have given me an opportunity to show what I can do at this level and I am looking forward to repaying their faith in me.

“We have an exceptional group of players here at the Brumbies and a really strong culture.

"We have bonded well during the season and are determined to show our best in the finals this year.

“Longer term, we have a great balance of youth and experience and I am certain that we can continue to maintain a challenge for the title.”

The Brumbies take on the Chiefs in Waikato on Saturday, kicking off at 3:15pm AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and on radio at RUGBY.com.au.

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