Western Force sign Reesjan Pasitoa

Mon, 14/06/2021, 04:47 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Reesjan Pasitoa returns home to Western Australia Photo: Getty Images

The Western Force have announced the signing of Brumbies playmaker Reesjan Pasitoa.

Pasitoa returns home to WA on a two-year deal after making his debut for the ACT side in 2020.

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The 19-year-old was selected in the Australian Schools and under 18 side that toured Ireland and Scotland in 2018, and is expected to play a crucial role in the Junior Wallabies squad this year.

“Reesjan is an exciting player that will bring a lot of talent and skill to our backline, as we look to continue to build our attack-minded approach,” Force Head of Rugby Matt Hodgson said in a statement.

“He is a world-class player, having already proven himself with the Australian Schoolboys and in Super Rugby.

“We are focused and determined to ensure WA talent returns and is nurtured here at the Force, so the signing of Reesjan signals further progression in the right direction.”

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The Brumbies confirmed his departure alongside Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Bayley Kuenzle, and Reece Tapine on Monday morning.

Along with this, flanker Tom Cusack and Harry Lloyd will join Mack Hansen (Connacht) in leaving the club in 2022.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said in a statement: “It's always sad when players leave the squad but that's also the reality of professional sport."

"All of these players have contributed to the success and culture of the club over a number years with Tom in particular having a significant role as a leader within the group.

"There's no doubt they'll all be missed by the organisation and we wish them all the best in their futures, as we have done personally to each of them as a team and organisation last week."

"At the same time, like last year, in challenging circumstances we have managed to retain a really strong component of the current squad moving forward which is exciting for the Brumbies and our supporters and we look forward to setting goals and achieving them in 2022."

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