Brumbies centre Kuridrani signs with Force


Veteran centre Tevita Kuridrani has signed with Western Force, with the Brumbies Super Rugby AU champion looking to freshen up his career after nine years in Canberra.

The 29-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Perth team, where he will reunite with Kyle Godwin in a formidable centre combination.

Kuridrani, who has played 61 Tests over the past seven years, was a surprise omission from Dave Rennie’s new-look Wallabies squad for the upcoming Bledisloe Cup series and Rugby Championship.

He started at outside centre for the Brumbies in their grand final victory over Queensland on Saturday night, bringing to a close his 135-game career in Canberra which began in 2012.

Kuridrani says he’s excited to begin a new chapter in his career at the Force.

“While I’m sad to be leaving the club, I feel the time is right for me in my career to have a fresh challenge and I’m excited for my new opportunity with the Western Force,” Kuridrani said in a statement.

“I played with Kyle Godwin at the Brumbies, so I’m looking forward to playing alongside him again.”

Force coach Tim Sampson said he’d been a fan of Kuridrani since his junior days playing in Queensland.

“We are delighted to have secured a player of his calibre for next season,” Sampson said.

“I remember watching him when he first came onto the scene as a youngster in Brisbane and suspected then he was a player who was going to go all the way.”

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar also paid tribute to Kuridrani, who he said had been a rock in the No.13 jersey.

They have a ready-made replacement in Solomone Kata.

“He’s been a great servant for the club over the years, all the way to end where he was one of our best against the Reds on Saturday night,” McKellar said.

“It’s always tough to see a guy who’s contributed so much to the club leave but it’s probably the right time for Tevita to have a fresh start and we wish him all the best for the future.”





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Solomone Kata will start at No.13, while Ryan Lonergan (halfback) and Bayley Kuenzle (five-eighth) will partner in the halves.

Connal McInerney will pack down against NSW hooker Tom Horton after Faingaa, the 12-Test Wallaby, wasn’t included at all in the matchday 23.

Faingaa has scored four tries in five appearances this season.

White’s workload has been managed since his return to Australia and he will run out in Super Rugby for the first time since 2015.

Meanwhile, NSW youngster Joey Walton returns to the Waratahs starting side at outside-centre, while Ned Hanigan replaces Tom Staniforth in the second row.

Harry Johnson-Holmes has pipped Tetera Faulkner for the tight-head prop spot.

Coach Rob Penney has picked a strong side looking to snap a five-game losing streak to the Brumbies. NSW fell short by a point against the Brumbies in round three.

The Waratahs are coming off consecutive wins against the Queensland Reds and Western Force and, if they win in the nation’s capital, it will all but lock up a finals spot.

Brumbies vs Waratahs @ GIO Stadium – Saturday 7.15pm

Brumbies (1-15): James Slipper, Connal McInerney, Allan Alaalatoa (c), Murray Douglas, Cadeyrn Neville, Lachlan McCaffrey, Will Miller, Pete Samu, Ryan Lonergan, Bayley Kuenzle, Tom Wright, Irae Simone, Solomone Kata, Andy Muirhead, Tom Banks.

Bench: Lachlan Lonergan, Scott Sio, Tom Ross, Darcy Swain, Rob Valetini, Tom Cusack, Nic White, Len Ikitau.

Waratahs (1-15): Tom Robertson, Tom Horton, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Ned Hanigan, Rob Simmons, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Hooper, Jack Dempsey, Jake Gordon, Will Harrison, Alex Newsome, Karmichael Hunt, Joey Walton, James Ramm, Jack Maddocks.

Bench: Robbie Abel, Angus Bell, Tetera Faulkner, Tom Staniforth, Hugh Sinclair, Mitch Short, Ben Donaldson, Lalakai Foketi.

Western Force vs Queensland Reds @ Cbus Super Stadium – Friday 7.05pm

Force (1-15): Pek Cowan, Andrew Ready, Kieran Longbottom, Jeremy Thrush, Ollie Atkins, Fergus Lee Warner, Kane Koteka, Brynard Stander, Ian Prior, Jono Lance, Brad Lacey, Richard Kahui, Kyle Godwin, Byron Ralston, Jake Strachan.

Bench: Heath Tessmann, Chris Heiberg, Tom Sheminant, Johan Bardoul, Ollie Callan, Nick Frisby, Jack McGregor, Henry Taefu.

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Reds (1-15): Jack Straker, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou, Angus Blyth, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Liam Wright, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor, Filipo Daugunu, Hamish Stewart, Josh Flook, Jordan Petaia, Jock Campbell.

Bench: Josh Nasser, Harry Hoopert, Zane Nonggorr, Tuaina Taii Tualima, Angus Scott-Young, Moses Sorovi, Bryce Hegarty, Jack Hardy.

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Brumbies stars Faingaa, Kuridrani and Powell dropped for Waratahs clash


Connal McInerney will pack down against NSW hooker Tom Horton after Faingaa, the 12-Test Wallaby, wasn’t included at all in the matchday 23.

Faingaa has scored four tries in five appearances this season.

White’s workload has been managed since his return to Australia and he will run out in Super Rugby for the first time since 2015.

Meanwhile, NSW youngster Joey Walton returns to the Waratahs starting side at outside-centre, while Ned Hanigan replaces Tom Staniforth in the second row.

Harry Johnson-Holmes has pipped Tetera Faulkner for the tight-head prop spot.

Coach Rob Penney has gone with an unchanged back line as his side looks to snap a five-game losing streak to the Brumbies stretching back to 2018. NSW fell short by a point against the Brumbies in round three.

The Waratahs are coming off consecutive wins against the Queensland Reds and Western Force and, if they win in the nation’s capital, it will all but lock up a finals spot.

Brumbies vs Waratahs @ GIO Stadium – Saturday 7.15pm

Brumbies (1-15): James Slipper, Connal McInerney, Allan Alaalatoa (c), Murray Douglas, Cadeyrn Neville, Lachlan McCaffrey, Will Miller, Pete Samu, Ryan Lonergan, Bayley Kuenzle, Tom Wright, Irae Simone, Solomone Kata, Andy Muirhead, Tom Banks.

Bench: Lachlan Lonergan, Scott Sio, Tom Ross, Darcy Swain, Rob Valetini, Tom Cusack, Nic White, Len Ikitau.

Waratahs (1-15): Tom Robertson, Tom Horton, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Ned Hanigan, Rob Simmons, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Hooper, Jack Dempsey, Jake Gordon, Will Harrison, Alex Newsome, Karmichael Hunt, Joey Walton, James Ramm, Jack Maddocks.

Bench: Robbie Abel, Angus Bell, Tetera Faulkner, Tom Staniforth, Hugh Sinclair, Mitch Short, Ben Donaldson, Lalakai Foketi.

Western Force vs Queensland Reds @ Cbus Super Stadium – Friday 7.05pm

Force (1-15): Pek Cowan, Andrew Ready, Kieran Longbottom, Jeremy Thrush, Ollie Atkins, Fergus Lee Warner, Kane Koteka, Brynard Stander, Ian Prior, Jono Lance, Brad Lacey, Richard Kahui, Kyle Godwin, Byron Ralston, Jake Strachan.

Bench: Heath Tessmann, Chris Heiberg, Tom Sheminant, Johan Bardoul, Ollie Callan, Nick Frisby, Jack McGregor, Henry Taefu.

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Reds (1-15): Jack Straker, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou, Angus Blyth, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Liam Wright, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor, Filipo Daugunu, Hamish Stewart, Josh Flook, Jordan Petaia, Jock Campbell.

Bench: Josh Nasser, Harry Hoopert, Zane Nonggorr, Tuaina Taii Tualima, Angus Scott-Young, Moses Sorovi, Bryce Hegarty, Jack Hardy.

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