Brumbies pick up Peni
TRANSFER NEWS: Brumbies have signed former Wests Tigers and Western Force wing Chance Peni on a two-year deal for the 2018 Super Rugby season.
Born in Invercargill in New Zealand, Peni moved with his family to Perth at a young age. The 24-year old played both Rugby League and the Rugby Union growing up before moving to Newcastle and signing with the NRL's Newcastle Knights.
After two years with the Knights junior teams, Peni signed a two-year contract with the Wests Tigers where he played mostly with the side’s NSW Cup team.
In late 2016 Peni decided to return home to Perth and take up a contract with the Western Force under new Head Coach Dave Wessels.
A skilful wing with silky skills and electric pace, Peni dominated the early rounds of Super Rugby in 2017, scoring a highlight reel of tries and proving he had a bright future in the 15-man game.
A shoulder injury prematurely ended the speedster’s season but he returned at the beginning of the National Rugby Championship with the Perth Spirit.
Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar said he was excited to add Peni’s attacking X-factor to the Brumbies backline.
"Chance is a very talented player and he offers that spark in attack and has a natural ability to find the try-line that is vital for every team in Super Rugby," McKellar said of the arrival of the former Force man.
"He took to Super Rugby very well last season in Western Australia having made the switch from Rugby League and was a constant threat to opposition's defence when on the attack.
"We are confident that Chance will become an important part of the Brumbies squad in 2018 and we welcome him to the club,"
Peni said he was ecstatic to be linking up with the Brumbies in 2018.
"It’s a very exciting opportunity for me to join the Brumbies for the 2018 Super Rugby competition and one that I am greatly anticipating," Peni said.
"The Brumbies are a very good organisation, have a tremendous coaching set-up and a young, talented and hungry group of players who have a strong desire to succeed. I am looking forward to helping them achieve that.
"I have heard fantastic things about the culture of the Brumbies and the way that the club is run and I am delighted to be a part of it,"
The Brumbies pre-season campaign kicks off on Saturday, February 3 with a trial match against the Rebels at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan.