Super Rugby: Brumbies trio Sam Carter, Fotu Auelua and Andrew Smith sign new contracts

Last Updated: 08/07/13 3:32pm

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Andrew Smith: Joins Sam Carter and Fotu Auelua in re-committing to the Brumbies

Andrew Smith: Joins Sam Carter and Fotu Auelua in re-committing to the Brumbies

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Australian conference leaders the Brumbies have extended the stays of Sam Carter, Fotu Auelua and Andrew Smith after the trio signed new contracts.

Auelua and Smith have extended their deals by a year whilst lock Carter is now tied down until the end of the 2015 Super Rugby season.

They join the likes of David Pocock, Stephen Moore, Ben Mowen and Ben Alexander in committing to the Canberra side beyond 2013, with Tevita Kuridrani have done the same last week.

"We're developing something special here at the Brumbies and it's exciting to have been given a chance to be a part of that moving forward."
Sam Carter

"I'm pleased to be staying in Canberra for the foreseeable future," Carter said.

"Canberra has been somewhere I've settled into over the last few years and it's nice to have it sorted out so I can stay.

Hungry

"We are close to the end of the season and making this announcement makes me even hungrier to get out there on Saturday and rip in against the Force.

"We're developing something special here at the Brumbies and it's exciting to have been given a chance to be a part of that moving forward."

Smith, 28, has been a regular in the Brumbies backs since making his debut against the Blues back in 2010.

The centre said the decision to stay was made easy by the strong bonds within the club's playing squad.

"It's well documented that we are a very tight group. Everyone lives quite close together and we spend a lot of time together away from training and that's certainly an element of the club that I found quite appealing," he said.

Family

"I've got a young family now and Canberra has been fantastic in that regard. I'm pleased to have been given the chance to stay."

Also committing to a further season in Canberra, Auelua's size and strength have been big boosts for the Brumbies since he arrived from Japan in 2012.

The big loose-forward has been credited as a leader of the group and is the oldest of 11 players of Pacific Islander background.

"It's nice to be part of a group of players so hungry for success and to make their time playing professional rugby count," Auelua said.

"We've all got personal goals but the team ambitions for this side are the most important element of what we are doing here in Canberra and everyone is on the same page. I'm pleased to be staying for at least another year and can't wait to face the Western Force this weekend."

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