The Brumbies have announced the signing of loose forward Lolo Fakaosilea on a two-year deal.
The 21-year old represented the Reds four times after making his Super Rugby debut against the Hurricanes in 2015. Fakaosilea did not play Super Rugby in 2016 after suffering a hamstring injury in a trial match against the Brumbies in February.
The powerful back-rower, who can play number eight of blindside flank, is 1.9m tall and weighs 111kg, comes from a rugby family, his father, Seiana, having played for the Auckland Blues, and his uncle being the late great Jonah Lomu.
In 2014, he played for the Reds A team in the Pacific Rugby Cup, and was selected for the Australia U20 team to play at the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship held in New Zealand. Later that year Fakaosilea was named in the Queensland Country squad for the National Rugby Championship. He also claimed the Queensland Reds Colts Player of the Year in 2014.
Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham said he is looking forward to having the versatile backrower at the club.
“Lolo is one of those players we’ve had our eyes on for a while,” Larkham said.
“It’s no secret that he’s a hard-hitter, but it’s his other skills that will make him a strong addition to our squad. He’s had a taste of Super Rugby and we are very pleased he will be joining us for the 2017 season.”