South African prop joins the Brumbies
TRANSFER NEWS: Brumbies are delighted to announce the signing of South African born prop Mees Erasmus on an EPS [Extended Playing Squad] contract for 2018.
A student of Ben Viljoen High school in the remote region of Limopo, Erasmus was drafted into the Natal Sharks Under-21 squad upon finishing his schooling, the front rower eventually graduating through to the side’s Premiership Cup side.
Erasmus joins the Brumbies after two years in Perth with the Western Force as part of their ‘Future Force’ development squad.
Despite suffering injury setbacks during his time in Western Australia Erasmus impressed coaches, the 23-year old putting in memorable performances at the World Club Tens where his barnstorming runs went viral and turned him into an online sensation.
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said Erasmus would add good depth to an already promising Brumbies front row.
"Mees is a highly rated young prop with a bright future ahead of him," McKellar commented.
"He has an excellent skill-set, is a physical ball carrier and is very dynamic for a front-rower. We have some top-class props at the Brumbies and Mees will be a good addition to our squad for the 2018 season,"
Blessed with a superb work rate and an ability to break tackles, Erasmus said he was pleased to be joining the Brumbies.
"I am really looking forward to teaming up with a great organisation like the Brumbies and I am excited to be coming to Canberra for the Super Rugby season," Erasmus stated.
"I would like to continue my progress as a player in Super Rugby and I am grateful to Dan McKellar and the Brumbies organisation for giving me the opportunity to come and play.
"The Brumbies history is well known and I am looking to try and learn as much as I can from the experience with the ultimate goal of getting some minutes on the field in the Super Rugby competition,"
The Brumbies pre-season campaign kicks off on Saturday, February 3 with a trial match against the Rebels at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan.