Hewat, who has been in Japan most recently coaching with Suntory, after a successful playing stint with the Top League powerhouse, will return to Super Rugby for the first time since 2012.The fullback, who notched 636 points in just 50 outings for NSW, also played 78 matches for London Irish through his career.The 39-year-old said he felt now was the right time for him to return to Australia.“I am certainly excited by the opportunity of joining the Brumbies and becoming a part of the Brumbies family,” he said.“The Brumbies are a globally-renowned team who, historically, have always played an attacking and exciting brand of rugby.“I have had some very enjoyable times in Japan with Suntory but feel that the time is right for a return to Australia. The chance to be involved with a team like the Brumbies is fantastic.” “I have been keeping a close watch on them this season and am looking forward to teaming up with Dan, Laurie and Peter to help the team achieve its goals and challenge for another Super Rugby title.”Hewat joins Laurie Fisher and Peter Ryan under new Brumbies coach Dan McKellar.McKellar said he had watched Hewat’s progress at Suntory closely.“Peter was obviously a very good player at the Waratahs and was known for his goal-kicking and his ability to score a try,” McKellar said.“He has been at Suntory for eight years, four as a player and four as a coach, and, in my role as a consultant to Suntory, I have witnessed his progression.“Peter is ready for an opportunity to coach at Super Rugby level. His focus will be heavily on the skills aspect and he will be a huge benefit to our backs in particular.
Inspirational Queensland star Cronk incredibly featured for all but the final two minutes as Trent Robinson’s side set up the 21-6 win with a dominant first-half display.The victory came despite their half-back being forced to the fringes for much of contest, as he was nursed through at just “30 per cent” fitness according to Cordner.Cronk had been a major doubt leading into the match after seriously injuring his shoulder in the Preliminary Final against the South Sydney Rabbitohs eight days earlier.”We knew Coops was touch and go and he pulled through,” Cordner told the Nine Network.”We had to make up a game plan where we protected him as much as possible and we executed that. To put in a performance like that on the biggest stage is unbelievable.”We wanted [Cooper] on the field. He actually broke his scapula. That’s a big performance by him and will go down in history for sure.”Job done.#NRLGF#NRL pic.twitter.com/AvXZZkDaHe— NRL (@NRL) September 30, 2018Luke Keary picked up the slack amid Cronk’s reduced role to guide the Roosters to their second premiership in six years, with the former’s performance against the Storm securing him the Clive Churchill Medal.The result ruined Billy Slater’s hopes of a fairytale farewell, but the retiring Melbourne full-back could not help admiring former team-mate Cronk’s courage.”He’s a really good mate of mine,” Slater said. “They hid [his fitness] really well from us.”I told him how proud I am. I’m shattered by our performance but I’m proud of him.”Cronk himself conceded he knew his role would be limited due to the injury but that he was desperate to play.”From the top down, everyone in this organisation sacrificed something for me to be here,” he said.”I don’t take that responsibility lightly, that was the motivation.”We didn’t know if I would be able to play. It was only a last-minute thing. The boys trained all week without me playing and the whole idea was to use me as a decoy.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: Cooper Cronk during the NRL Grand Final.