Elsom to join Brumbies

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  1. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest


    June 02, 2009 [/i]

    Rocky Elsom said the realisation that he and Queensland Reds would not be a good fit prompted him to break off negotiations with the side, opening the way for him to sign with the Brumbies and the Australian Rugby Union.

    From the outset the Reds had been favourites to recruit Elsom on his return from his eight-month stint with Heineken Cup champions Leinster, so much so that the 40-Test blindside flanker had insisted he would talk to no other province as long as the Queensland deal proceeded smoothly.

    But almost from that point, negotiations became strained and while Elsom refused to divulge precisely where his planned move to Ballymore went off the rails, he admitted he had not seen eye-to-eye with Queensland officials.

    "We had a difference of opinion over the direction of the club and ultimately had I gone there that would have been divisive," said Elsom, who has returned to Australia as a member of the Barbarians side to play the Wallabies at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday night.

    "I wouldn't have been able to go to the club without trying to make it the way I wanted it and in the end I just knew it wouldn't be a good fit."

    Clearly the in-form blindside flanker had reservations about the quality of the team Queensland was assembling for 2010, although he insisted he had made his decision to break off talks before learning Hugh McMeniman had quit the Reds to take up a lucrative contract in Japan.

    So late did Elsom leave it to walk away from the Queensland deal - and the $100,000 in third-party payments that Reds sponsors were prepared to give him - that he left himself no time to negotiate with his former province, NSW.

    "I had a few time pressures when I was doing the deal. In hindsight, I probably gave too much time to Queensland. But I was very happy with the way the Brumbies handled the deal and I like the direction they're heading in."

    Indeed, now that his name will be entered on the team sheet along with Matt Giteau, George Smith, Stirling Mortlock, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Josh Valentine and quite possibly teenage prodigy James O'Connor, the Brumbies have at their disposal the nucleus of a team quite capable of challenging the new Super 14 champion, the Bulls.

    "That's the plan, to give the Bulls a shake," Elsom said.

    Indeed, Elsom regrets he will have to wait until next season to take on the Bulls, wishing that the much-discussed global grand final between the Super 14 champion and the northern hemisphere's Heineken Cup winner had not been turned into a reality.

    "Leinster versus the Bulls ...yeah, if ever there was a chance to do it, it would have been now, except for the fact that the British and Irish Lions are now touring South Africa," said Elsom, the man of the match in Leinster's European Cup final victory over Leicester nine days ago.

    "But a grand final is definitely something they should organise."

    Elsom, who scored a try in the Barbarians' 33-26 victory over England at Twickenham, warned the Wallabies the Baa-Baas would be a difficult team to handle.

    "It's a good side we've got," Elsom said.

    "Obviously our preparations for this match aren't necessarily ideal but we gave England a good shake and it will be interesting to see how we go against the Wallabies. That will be a unique experience from my perspective."

    Still, after lining up against the gold jerseys, he hopes to be wearing one the following weekend when Australia begins its 2009 Test campaign in Canberra against an Italian side that very much has an Australian flavour.

    Former Brisbane Norths premier rugby five-eighth Kris Burton, now with Italy's Prato club, was named yesterday as replacement for the injured Andrea Marcato, joining fellow north Queenslander Luke McLean and former rugby league international Craig Gower in the Azzuri squad.

    The Australian

    Well, that just leaves James O'Connor... :lol:
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  3. candybum

    candybum Guest

    Wouldn't have fitted because they stink or what? whats really on your mind Rocky.
  4. QLD

    QLD Guest

  5. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Dale @ Jun 2 2009, 02:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    The Reds certainly are for screwing this one up..... :lol:
  6. Maccaweeny

    Maccaweeny Guest

    I'll **** my pants if the Brumbies don't make a finals berth next S 14.
  7. Woldog

    Woldog Guest

    We still have Daniel Braid apparently He's staying.
  8. QLD

    QLD Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Woldog @ Jun 2 2009, 01:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Braid > Elsom
  9. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Dale @ Jun 2 2009, 04:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Braid > Elsom

  10. Woldog

    Woldog Guest

    World rugby needs regulated salary caps. So that players that can demand lots of money have to be spread out, it's getting to be bullshit that one team can have most of the Wallabies while other teams have like 2 players with Wallaby prospects.
  11. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Woldog @ Jun 2 2009, 01:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    The Brumbies are offering less than the Reds...

    Players don't come here because of the money... they come here because we've got a good set up, and they've got a chance of achieving something...
  12. Woldog

    Woldog Guest

    Good on him, how much do Giteau, Mortlock, Smith and Moore cost you?
  13. Wally

    Wally Guest

    Are the Reds management f***ing retarded? Here you have a player (one of the best in the world right now mind you) that was basically hell bent on signing with them and they manage to stuff it up. Amazing.
  14. QLD

    QLD Guest

    and he wants to go live in f***ing canberra.
  15. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Dale @ Jun 3 2009, 01:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Canberra >>>>>>>>>>> anywhere in Queensland

  16. Thingimubob

    Thingimubob Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Woldog @ Jun 2 2009, 04:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    he should be saying, the Scarlets stoppe the deal when they heard he had that bad injury that'd keep him out for the start of the NH season. Scarlets don't seem to like treating their players and signing very well...
  17. Haj

    Haj Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Fushitsusha @ Jun 3 2009, 01:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I hope the brumbies do really **** next year just so I can pay out on you fushi! :p
  18. KZNSharksFan

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  19. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    You can take what you want from that interview, I am going to choose to take that he said HEC games are closer to test match standard than S14 games.

    Seriously, I'm sure the Bulls could have won the HEC this year, and I am also sure Leinster could have won the S14. Not really a big deal.
  20. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Haj @ Jun 3 2009, 12:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I hope the brumbies do really **** next year just so I can pay out on you fushi! :p

    You never know... the Brumbies could have another season like 2005 where most of the team goes through injuries... if a group of players like Giteau, Mortlock, and Moore were to all be injured at the same time it would make it tough...

    The Brumbies also lack a top class fullback now that Gerrard has left... Huxley might return next year but there's no guarantee he'll be as good as he was in 2007...

    If O'Connor doesn't sign with the Brumbies they might go seeking some talent from overseas...
  21. cyRil

    cyRil Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Thingimubob @ Jun 3 2009, 12:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    he should be saying, the Scarlets stoppe the deal when they heard he had that bad injury that'd keep him out for the start of the NH season. Scarlets don't seem to like treating their players and signing very well...
    Richie Pugh > Daniel Braid.
    Gaaawwwd, I love the Turks :D :D
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