Australia loses it's best fullback...

Discussion in 'Super Rugby' started by Fushitsusha, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest


    Brumbies fullback Mark Gerrard signs with Japanese rugby club

    Gerrard requested the release from the third year of his contract with the Brumbies and Australian Rugby Union so he could take up an offer with Japanese second division club, NTT Communications.

    The 26-year-old cited the desire for his young family to experience a foreign culture as the reason behind seeking the release.

    Gerrard has earned 79 Super rugby caps and is third on the Brumbies list of all-time point scorers with 306 points, behind Stirling Mortlock (963) and Joe Roff (590).

    He made his Super debut with the Waratahs in 2002 and moved to the Brumbies the following year.

    He helped the Brumbies to their Super 12 title in 2004 with a three-try haul against the Crusaders in the final.

    Gerrard said after nine seasons of Super rugby he was ready for a new challenge.

    “My family and I have loved our time at the Brumbies and in Canberra and we'll always consider ourselves members of the Brumbies family,'' Gerrard said.

    “(My wife) Larisa and I have always wanted to experience a different culture and our children are at a good age for us to do that now.

    “I definitely wouldn't rule out the possibility of returning to play in Australia and pulling on the Brumbies strip again.''

    So who will be the Wallaby fullback this year?

    We're not left with many options with Shepherd being a bit out of shape and not playing fullback... Mitchell is great in attack but hopeless in defence...

    Another year of AAC out of position?

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  3. Haj

    Haj Guest

    I believe Robie Deans wants james O'Connor to spend more time at fullback.
    Im not a subscriber to either AAC or Mitchell at fullback
  4. Flux

    Flux Guest

    To the Japanese second division?! I wonder how much they paid him...
  5. QLD

    QLD Guest

    Australia's best fullback left last year.
  6. Nickdnz

    Nickdnz Guest

  7. monkeypigeon

    monkeypigeon Guest

    Second division in Japan? Has the man lost it? They must be paying him a fortune and hoping for a commercial boom with the sale of Jerseys with 'Gerrard' on the back.

    I'd prefer Mitchell at fullback as your next best option. The Real Madrid school of 'lets score loads and hope we let in less'.
  8. TheBokke

    TheBokke Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Nickdnz @ Apr 24 2009, 08:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Why not he will never be caught out of position he covers the whole field.
  9. BLR

    BLR Guest

    Hehe, I can't help but laugh at this title.
  10. Jeez i cant believe he's only 26, he should have maybe went after the next world cup but not now. Utter madness :mellow:
  11. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (BLR @ Apr 24 2009, 12:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Have you been watching the Super 14 this year?

    Gerrard is currently the best fullback in Australia by a mile...
  12. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Incredible Schalk @ Apr 24 2009, 01:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    It's really Deans' fault...

    Gerrard wasn't even considered for the extended Wallaby squad last year despite there being nothing separating him and Shepherd...

    Despite the fact that he's by far the best fullback in the country right now doesn't necessarily mean that Deans won't overlook him again, and then he'll miss out on top up money from the ARU...

    He's got a young family and he's looking out for them... he can't risk getting screwed over by Deans again...
  13. Haj

    Haj Guest

    I dont think deans had much input into team selections last year during the southern hemisphere test series. But I agree with fushi in that there was very little separating gerard and sheps last year. Gerrard should have been there instead of all the part timers when sheps broke down.
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