Leinster confirm Scott Fardy signing

He has played 39 times for Australia

BY Simon Maguire 10:20 Friday 3 March 2017, 10:20 3 Mar 2017

Scott Fardy. Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Leinster have today confirmed the signing of Australia forward Scott Fardy who will join the province at the end of the current Super Rugby Season.

Fardy has played 39 times for the wallabies and brings a wealth of experience to the squad, having also played 83 times for the Bumbies.

Speaking at the announcement of the signing, Leinster coach Leo Cullen said: “In order to compete consistently on two fronts in the Guinness PRO12 and the Champions Cup we need to have competition across the team and while Scott has played a lot of rugby in the back row, we have signed Scott as a second row and believe he will complement the second row options that we already have here in Leinster.

Ireland's Peter O'Mahony and Scott Fardy of Australia. Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

“His arrival though is some way off and I know that he is keen to focus on the rest of his time with the Brumbies as are we with the rest of the PRO12 and Champions Cup season starting tomorrow against the Scarlets in the RDS. But it is certainly an exciting announcement for the team and for our supporters ahead of next season.”

Speaking to the province's official website, Fardy said: "I am delighted to be joining Leinster Rugby a club with a rich heritage and a proud tradition.

“I’ve enjoyed hugely my time with the Brumbies since making my debut in 2012 but this is an exciting opportunity for me to challenge myself in a new club and a different country.

“I am very grateful to the Brumbies and the Australian fans for all the support over the years and I am committed to seeing out the Super Rugby season in a positive manner and that continues this weekend against the Sharks.”

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