McCaffrey heading back to Canberra

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by Beth Newman

Backrower Lochie McCaffrey will be back in Canberra in 2018.

McCaffrety has signed with the Brumbies for next season, after three years in Europe.

The 27-year-old played for the Waratahs,. Brumbies and Western Force in Australia before heading to England, where he linked up with the Leicester Tigers.

His move back to Australia had been mooted both here and overseas and the Brumbies made it public on Tuesday.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time playing overseas and had some wonderful experiences playing for both London Welsh and the Leicester Tigers. I felt, however, that I needed a new challenge and explored the opportunity of returning home," he said.

McCaffrey in action for the Brumbies. Photo: Getty Images“The Brumbies have given me a chance to play Super Rugby once more and I am aiming to repay their confidence in my abilities by helping the team towards another Super Rugby title.

“I understand how the Brumbies tick having been there before and I loved the culture and the family feel of the team and the community. The Brumbies are a much-respected team and I am looking forward to playing in the colours once more.”

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said McCaffrey's return would be an easy transition.

“Having been a part of the Brumbies in 2014 he understands the ethos of the club," he said.

"He will bring a wealth of knowledge to the club and, having played for ourselves the Force and the Waratahs, he is no stranger to the Super Rugby competition.

“We are looking forward to welcoming him back to our Brumbies family and to seeing him in our colours once more.”