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Toni Pulu will be eligible to play for Wallabies

Toni Pulu has jumped ship from the Chiefs to the Brumbies. (Photo: Michael Bradley/Getty Images)
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8th August, 2018
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New Brumbies recruit Toni Pulu will be eligible to play for the Wallabies if coach Michael Cheika selects him.

The American-born winger has spent two seasons with the Chiefs in Super Rugby and after an impressive debut season and was made a member of the full squad for 2017 and 2018, where he became a permanent fixture in the team.

Across that time period, Pulu scored 14 tries across 32 games and it looks as if he will slot straight into the Brumbies backline this coming season.

The signing for the Brumbies is seen as a key one, and given he holds an Australian passport, he will be able to represent the Wallabies should the need arise.

The deal will see Pulu remain at the Brumbies for the next two years and it’s expected he will slot straight into the backline.

The 29-year-old said he was looking forward to spending time in Canberra.

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

“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.”

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It’s unlikely Chieka will call him up to the Wallabies anytime soon, with the winger missing the Bledisloe Cup train-on squad ahead of the Rugby Championship kicking off in the coming weeks.

Pulu’s only previous international rugby was in sevens competition for Niue, where he played three competitions, including the Gold Coast Sevens during 2011.