Brumbies sign Lions lock

The Brumbies have signed Lions second-rower Ettienne Oosthuizen for next year’s Super Rugby season.

It was well known that Brumbies head coach Jake White was on a recruitment search for a young lock in South Africa in recent weeks. And it was confirmed on Friday that the former Springbok boss managed to convince Oosthuizen to make a move Down Under.

The 19-year-old, who is on the Golden Lions’ bench for their Currie Cup clash against the Free State Cheetahs this weekend, will make his exit after the domestic season. If the player decides to remain in Australia for the long term, he’ll have the opportunity to qualify for Wallabies selection.

Lions president Kevin de Klerk confirmed the news to keo.co.za.

‘Jake made the approach via the player’s agent and the player has seen it as a good career opportunity,’ De Klerk told this site. ‘We wish him everything for the best.’

Oosthuizen’s departure comes days after Josh Strauss announced his move to the Glasgow Warriors in Scotland. He is also the third young lock to leave the Johannesburg union, as Baby Bok second-rowers Paul Willemse and Ruan Botha have already signed for the Blue Bulls and WP respectively.

By Gareth Duncan