Brumbies release prop Anae

Brumbies prop Albert Anae has been granted an immediate release from his contract with the franchise to link up with Japanese side Mitsubishi.

The 27-year-old joined the club following the completion of the 2015 Super Rugby season on a one-year deal with the option of a second.

He appeared in the University of Canberra Vikings side in the 2015 National Rugby Championship, crossing for one try in eight appearances.

He also featured as a reserve in the Brumbies trial match earlier this year against the Waratahs in Wagga Wagga. Anae did not feature in any Super Rugby matches for the Brumbies.

Brumbies interim CEO Phil Thomson said Anae, who has been playing for Canberra Royals in the John I Dent Cup, was keen to see out his contract but an opportunity to link with Japanese Top League side, Mitsubishi, will support his young family.

"Albert has been a great member of the squad and it is unfortunate to see him go," said Thomson.

"He’s become a popular member of the team and everyone is sad to see him go, but at the same time we are all very supportive of this opportunity for both Albert and his family.

"Having Albert in the squad was a major benefit to younger players such as Scott Sio and Allan Alaalatoa given his Super Rugby experience and the professional attitude he brought to the club."

He added: "We felt it was in Albert’s best interests to pursue the opportunity in Japan and we wish him all the very best with his Rugby career."

Anae was grateful for the opportunity he had to link with the Brumbies following his time with the Reds and Italian side Treviso.

"I’ve really enjoyed coming back to Australia and being a part of the Brumbies," Anae said.

"It’s a great set-up and I’ve appreciated the opportunities I’ve had.

"This opportunity came up and the coaches have been really supportive of my move. They’ve been great to me the entire time I’ve been here and made me feel at home.

"Rugby is your passport around the world so to be able to take this chance and share it with my family is a real blessing.

"I did learn a lot from my time in Canberra and wish the boys and the coaching staff all the best for the rest of the season."