Brumbies pinch Peni

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The Brumbies have signed their third former Force player in as many days, adding Chance Peni to their outside back stocks for 2018.

The New Zealand born winger burst onto the Super Rugby scene with the Force in 2017, starring in seven straight starts to open the year before a shoulder injury cut his season short.

He scored four tries in those seven starts, each of which showcasing his elite turn of foot, agility and innate ability to bust tackles.

That made former Force coach Dave Wessels a vocal fan of Peni's game and the Brumbies have taken to his game, too, signing Peni to a two year deal.Dave Wessels is a big fan of Chance Peni. Photo: Walmsley"Chance is a very talented player and he offers that spark in attack and has a natural ability to find the try-line that is vital for every team in Super Rugby,” McKellar said.

"He took to Super Rugby very well last season in Western Australia having made the switch from rugby league and was a constant threat to opposition defences when on the attack.

"We are confident that Chance will become an important part of the Brumbies squad in 2018 and we welcome him to the club."

Peni was similarly ecstatic to continue his career in the nation's capital.Peni impressed in seven starts for the Force this year. Photo: Getty Images"It was a big decision for me to come here because I was tossing up between a couple of clubs," Peni told reporters today.

"I've still got a lot to learn so having Tevita (Kuridrani) and (Henry) Speight there - it's a massive plus for me.

"Learning whatever I can and soaking up whatever I can."

Peni said he was immediately impressed by McKellar when they first spoke about a potential move to the nation's capital.

"Just the way he spoke to me on the phone - he was really genuine about giving me a good shot and I know the opportunity is there - I just have to take it.

"I feel like there is still some unturned stones there that I need to play Super and fulfill my full potential."