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Brumbies re-sign talented playmakers

09/04/2010 12:51:35 PM Comments (0)

The Brumbies have re-signed rising playmakers Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano on two-year deals in a boost to the Canberra-based Super 14 franchise.

Wallabies tourist Toomua, 20, and Lealiifano, 22, have proven themselves to be among the best young inside backs in Australia and were targeted by Super 15 expansion team Melbourne Rebels.

Toomua will start at five-eighth, inside Matt Giteau, in Saturday night's round-nine clash with the Cheetahs, his 18th Super 14 appearance since making his debut in 2008.

Lealiifano started the season at inside centre but a knee injury has ruled him out of the rest of the 2010 competition.

"It's a great result to have two of the country's leading young talent returning to the side for the next two years," Brumbies coach Andy Friend said on Friday.

"There's no question they've both benefited from playing and training alongside someone like Matt Giteau, and in time Christian and Matt will form a very dangerous 10/12 combination for the Brumbies."

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