New Zealand-born centre re-signs with Brumbies with eye towards Wallabies

At the age of 26 and without a Super Rugby start to his name, New Zealand-born center Ollie Sapsford has had his work cut out for him to break into a Wallabies-studded ACT Brumbies backline that includes the likes of Len Ikitau, Tom Wright and Irae Simone.

But two years later, and a move to the wings later, Sapsford has cemented himself as a regular in a Brumbies side chasing the premiership.

After the 2023 season, he was rewarded with 10 starts from 12 in 2024 and a new contract extending his stay in Canberra until the end of 2026.

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“It's probably just testament to the hard work I've put in over the last three years since I've come to the club,” Sapsford said.

“I came here in green and hadn't played any Super Rugby. I got a taste of that in my first year, and in the last couple of years I've been building on more regular performances and starts.

“So I'm very lucky to have this opportunity to stay here with the Brumbies.”

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With qualification for the home quarter-finals assured, Sapsford will be looking to repay the Brumbies' faith in him by helping the club win their first championship in 20 years.

The 28-year-old has been a consistent performer for the team, adding strength to their defence.

His try against the Hurricanes in Round 10 was decisive in the Brumbies' shock defeat of the then league leaders.

“When you look at my debut, I think my game has evolved a lot, in terms of adding more elements to my game, my vision… my kicking game has come a long way this year,” he said.


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Eligible for Wallabies selection through his mother and with one Australia A cap to his name in a 27-21 loss to Tonga in July 2023, Sapsford was coy about his chances of making his Test debut.

“Never say never, but I'm working really hard to put consistent performances together and get to 23rd every week,” he said.

“There's a lot of competition to get into this team every week. It's a club where you get better individually, and this team gets better every week.

“I just love being on the field.”


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