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Elsom re-signs with Brumbies

By Darren Walton 02/06/2010 05:56:55 PM Comments (0)

Wallabies captain Rocky Elsom has ended months of uncertainty over his playing future by recommitting to the Brumbies for next year's inaugural Super 15 rugby competition.

While Elsom is yet to go public with his decision, the big flanker has opted against exercising a get-out clause in his contract that would have allowed him to leave the ACT franchise following this year's Super 14.

The news - which comes three days before Elsom leads Australia on home soil for the first time in what will also be his 50th Test on Saturday against Fiji in Canberra - will come as a major relief to Brumbies fans.

There were reports of disunity in the star-studded Brumbies camp during their unsuccessful 2010 campaign, while Elsom was also involved in a training-ground dispute with coach Andy Friend.

Elsom and Friend have both since said they've buried the hatchet.

Nevertheless, Elsom's retention was never a fait accompli until he apparently agreed just before midnight on Tuesday to stay with the two-time Super champions - who have not made the finals since 2004.

The Melbourne-born, Brisbane-schooled 27-year-old had been playing his cards close to his chest, having been in the sights of Super 15 newcomers the Melbourne Rebels.

Prior to linking with the Brumbies in 2010, Elsom spent six seasons with the NSW Waratahs before helping Irish club Leinster to European Cup glory last year.

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