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Jake White signs Kimlin and Crawford

25/05/2011 03:47:50 PM Comments (0)

New Brumbies coach Jake White has re-signed second-rower Peter Kimlin and snared promising Northern Suburbs back Cam Crawford to two-year deals as the former Springbok mentor begins the process of turning around the struggling franchise.

Kimlin, who played two Tests for the Wallabies in 2009, will bolster the Super Rugby club's depleted back row stocks as a result of losing France bound Mark Chisholm and Mitch Chapman, who is headed for Japan in 2012.

Outside-back Cam Crawford - tipped to play fullback next season - will debut for the Canberra-based franchise after starring last year for Northern Suburbs in Sydney's Shute Shield competition.

The 2011 Brumbies Academy member was second top try-scorer in the Sydney club competition, and at 99 kilograms and 193 centimetres, will add bulk to the Brumbies backline.

The Brumbies are enduring their worst season since the competition began 15 years ago, with two wins, nine losses and a draw so far in 2011.

It is hoped White, who takes over from current coach Tony Rea in July, can turn the club's fortunes around like he did for the South African national team when he took the helm in 2003, ultimately overseeing victory at the 2007 World Cup.

Crawford said he had knocked back offers in order to play under White.

"There was an offer from another Super Rugby team to make a move, but with Jake White coming in and the club looking to move forward I felt that the Brumbies was the right fit for me," the 22-year-old said.

Kimlin said he had also chosen the Brumbies, despite interest from other clubs.

"I'm from the ACT and it's been a pleasure to have played all my Super Rugby here, I'm really looking forward to the next couple of years," he said.

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