Brumbies release Etienne Oosthuizen
October 18, 2013
Etienne Oosthuizen played three matches for the Brumbies © Getty Images
The Brumbies have released Etienne Oosthuizen from the final year of his Super Rugby contract because the South African lock wants to return home be closer to his family. Oosthuizen, 20, contacted the Canberra-based club's coaching staff from Johannesburg seeking a release, the Brumbies said.
Oosthuizen made three appearances for the Brumbies in 2013, playing in their win over the British & Irish Lions during their tour of Australia.
"Etienne came to us with a request that he stay in Africa where his family is based rather than return to the Brumbies," forwards coach Laurie Fisher said. "It's a situation that we could sympathise with and we were able to organise a release, effective immediately."
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