Brumbies ditch plans to retain Hewat

Exorbitant insurance costs has resulted in the Brumbies scrapping plans to sign Peter Hewat for the remainder of the Super Rugby season.

Hewat, who joined the Canberra franchise earlier this month as flyhalf cover, will leave at the end of the week after his Japanese club Suntory Goliath demanded they cover insurance costs that were outside of their budget.

Coach Jake White will now hope Zack Holmes stays fit for the remainder of the tournament after losing Christian Lealiifano and Matt Toomua for the season.

‘Peter will return to Japan after an insurance complication kept him sidelined since arriving in Canberra almost a month ago,’ a Brumbies spokesperson said. ‘To insure Peter for the remaining competition games was going to cost substantially more than first anticipated and with relatively few injuries to the Brumbies backs a decision was made to maintain the squad as it was.

‘Our inside backs have been playing well and with Peter unable to play in the finals due to a SANZAR ruling the decision was made to release him back to Japan. Hewat will be kept in contact and should the Brumbies suffer another injury to a key playmaker the possibility of recalling the former Waratah into the squad will be revisited.’