Brumbies confirm Lucas move

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by Beth Newman

Matt Lucas’s move to the Brumbies has been confirmed, with the Canberra club announcing a two-year deal for the scrumhalf.

Lucas has had a mixed stint at the Waratahs, impressing in patches and even captaining the side in preseason and mid-year matches, but never able to grab a consistent spot in the NSW 23.

The emergence of Jake Gordon in 2017 pushed Lucas down the pecking order at Moore Park, with the 24-year-old taking his overall Waratahs tally to 33 Super Rugby matches.

Lucas replaces Argentinian scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli, with the latter joining the Jaguares in 2018, leaving Lucas to compete with Wallabies squad member Joe Powell and rookie Ryan Lonergan for the scrumhalf spots.

Matt Lucas captained the Tens at the weekend but will be on the bench at Brookvale. Photo: Walmsley“I am excited to be moving to the Brumbies and I am looking forward to getting to Canberra, settling in and producing my best,” Lucas  said. 

"The Brumbies have offered me a fantastic opportunity to come down to Canberra and be a part of such a proud and successful franchise. This is something I don't take lightly and I can't wait to do my best and hopefully add to the Brumbies' proud history."

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said Lucas would be a handy addition to the team.

“It’s great for the Brumbies that we have managed to sign a scrum-half of the quality of Matt,” McKellar said.

“Matt is experienced when it comes to Super Rugby having played over thirty matches for the Waratahs and is no stranger to the professional game.

“Matt has a strong pass, kicks well off both feet and is a threat in attack. He is also a very good defender and is happy to get stuck in."