Thu 31 Jan 2019 | 09:18

Wallaby lock shuts World Cup door

Wallaby lock shuts World Cup door
Thu 31 Jan 2019 | 09:18
Wallaby lock shuts World Cup door
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TRANSFER NEWS: Brumbies lock and former captain Sam Carter will sign for Ulster Rugby at the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season concluding an almost 10-year association with the club.

Carter has agreed on a two-year deal with the Irish Province that will see the Tamworth product head to the Northern Hemisphere to join the PRO14 side in time for the 2019/2020 season.

The move abroad rules Carter out of the World Cup, starting in September, and leave him on 16 Wallabies caps.

“I have loved my time at the Brumbies and have made many great memories that will live with me for the rest of my rugby career,” Carter commented of his move North.

“The Brumbies are all I have known rugby-wise, so it was a difficult decision to make, but I feel the time is right for me and my wife, Maddie, to experience a new challenge and the chance to join Ulster was too good to turn down.

“I’d like to thank everyone connected with the club for their support over the years and especially the Brumbies fan base who have been exceptional throughout my time at the club. I am fully committed for the 2019 Super Rugby season and looking forward to playing my part to the full.”

Having made over 100 appearances for the Brumbies, and been capped sixteen times by the Wallabies, Carter will take a wealth of experience into his new adventure in Ireland following in the footsteps of Christian Lealiifano and Henry Speight who both enjoyed short-term loan deals at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.

Carter made his Brumbies debut in 2011 against the Rebels in Canberra and first graced the international arena in 2014 when he pulled on the gold jersey for the test match against France at Suncorp Stadium.

“Sam has been a stalwart for the Brumbies for nearly a decade and we thank him for his service to the club,” Brumbies CEO Phil Thomson said.

“There aren’t many players who have worn the Brumbies jersey on more than 100 occasions and Sam will always be welcome back in Canberra. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.”

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