Brumbies nab Naisarani

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by Beth Newman

The Brumbies have pulled off a handy signing for 2018, locking in Force backrower Isi Naisarani.

Naisarani was voted the Force's best player this season, the first debutant to win the award, after switching to Perth from Brisbane.

The Fijian has lit up the NRC in the opening rounds as well, l;eading the competition in defenders beaten (22) and equal-second in carries (36).

He is not Wallabies eligible yet, having not lived in Australia for the requisite five years, but would surely be on Fiji's international radar.

Brumbeis coach Dan McKellar said the versatile backrower would be a welcome addition to an already strong department, that is set to welcome David Pocock back into its fold in 2018.

Isi Naisarani has taken out the 2017 Nathan Sharpe Medal. Photo: getty Images“Isi is a very talented young player, capable of playing 6 and 8 with the size, speed and skills to be a real threat in attack.

"Whilst still relatively young in terms of rugby experience, Isi has the right combination of skills and character to compete strongly for a starting position.”

Naisarani said he hoped that he could leave a stamp on the Canberra club.

“I have heard a lot about the culture of the Brumbies from those close to the playing group and am aware of the history of this great side.

"I am hoping to be able to make my mark and be a part of a team that will challenge for Super Rugby honours.

“It’s fantastic that the Brumbies have faith in me as a player and have brought me to Canberra, and I am now looking to repay that faith and show what I can do on the field in front of the loyal Brumbies fan-base.”

Naisarani follows prop Ben Daley in confirming his departure from Perth after the Force's Super Rugby axing.