Toni Pulu makes switch from Chiefs to Brumbies

Toni Pulu made his Super Rugby debut for Chiefs in 2016
Toni Pulu made his Super Rugby debut for Chiefs in 2016

Brumbies have confirmed the signing of winger Toni Pulu from Super Rugby rivals Chiefs.

Born in the United States of America, the 28-year-old moved to New Zealand at an early age and pursued his education in Auckland.

His senior rugby debut came in 2012 for Southern Auckland based Counties Manukau and following consistent performances for three years, he was drafted into the Super Rugby side of Chiefs in 2016.

Pulu, who has a reputation for being one of the fastest players in the competition has played in 32 Super Rugby games for Chiefs in which he dotted down 14 times.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Brumbies and am looking forward to beginning a new stage of my rugby career in Australia,” Pulu told the Brumbies website.

“The Brumbies are a well-known and well-respected organisation and I have been impressed by what I have seen and heard when playing against them. They are known for their free-flowing rugby and for their unique family culture.

“I have enjoyed my time with the Chiefs immensely but am very much looking forward to moving to Canberra and settling in with my new club.”

Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar believes Pulu's experience with Chiefs in addition to his pace will benefit the club in the coming seasons.

“With the changes we’re making in our game, and the style we’re looking to play, we’ve got to recruit guys that match that,” he said.

“Toni has genuine speed, but not only that, he’s a natural footballer too, he sees space well, communicates and has an excellent offload game. He’s come from a team which has had a lot of success and play a similar style to the one we want to play so he’s a good fit for us.

“Character is very important when we are deciding who to sign. We’ve got to bring talented players here, but the right people as well and Pulu fits that.”

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