Rugby prop Fred Kaihea will join the Brumbies squad for the 2022 Super Rugby season.
The 22-year-old NZ-born, Australian rugby union player made his debut for the Brumbies this year, coming into the side in Round Six as injury cover. He has previously played five seasons of club rugby including representing the Canberra Vikings in the 2019 National Rugby Championship.
“Living out my dream last season, getting to play Super Rugby was an incredible moment for me and my friends and family, and it only made me want to work harder to continue to pursue that dream,” says Fred.
“The Brumbies have supported me, pushed me to be better and they have shown a lot of faith in me, and my job is to repay that by improving everyday working with the world class props and coaches we have at the club.
“I also want to thank my family and friends at Queanbeyan Whites who have been incredibly supportive over the years, and I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”
Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar says: “We’re all delighted for Freddy and how far he has come to get to this point.
“We threw him in the deep end last season, but we were confident in him off the back of the work he had done with the group through preseason and he performed well.
“Freddy has unique ability around the park for his position, a real point of difference in his ball carry and in the contact area, and continues to develop in his chore skills, his set-piece.
“He’s a very likeable kid, his teammates care for him and his journey makes this another one of those great Brumbies stories where someone earns a chance to live out their dream in the professional game.”
“A special mention must go to the Queanbeyan Whites for the role they have played in Fred’s development as well.”
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