Elsom to play on in Australia
Former Wallabies captain Rocky Elsom will remain in Australia until the end of 2013 after agreeing to terms with the ARU and the Waratahs on Tuesday.
Elsom, who was sensationally axed as Wallabies skipper last month, will rejoin the Waratahs for the next two Super Rugby seasons and will be available for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour.
The 28-year-old debuted for the Wallabies in 2005 against Samoa and is the 20th player to re-commit to Australian rugby this year.
The powerful blindside flanker has 70 Test caps, 24 as Wallabies captain, and is now the fourth most capped loose forward in Wallabies' history.
Having played every minute of the Wallabies 15 Tests in 2010, Elsom managed just 60 minutes of Super Rugby for the Brumbies due to hamstring and ankle injuries.
A slow start to the international season saw him replaced by James Horwill as captain, however the No.6 remains an integral member of the Wallabies starting line-up at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Elsom earned 66 of his 79 Super Rugby caps with the Waratahs between 2003 and 2008.
He played in two Super Rugby Finals before heading to Europe where he won the European Cup with Leinster in 2009.
Incoming Waratahs coach Michael Foley said of Elsom's return: "When you're recruiting you're always looking for the best players to fill vacancies in your squad and when Rocky came off contract we knew he was the best person to fill that back row place we had available."
"Rocky's a very special player, he has a great skill set and when he's at his best there's no doubt that he's one of the leading back rowers in the world."
Meanwhile, Super 15 team Melbourne Rebels have signed former Wallaby Lloyd Johansson.
The 26-year-old elected to end his Super Rugby exile following stints in Italy and Japan after impressing as a triallist on the Rebels recent European tour.
A powerful centre, Johansson spent three seasons (2005-08) at the Reds and is best remembered for scoring a try within two minutes of his Wallabies debut in the 2005 Bledisloe Cup.
Rebels coach Damien Hill believes Johansson will add depth to the club's outside backs and forge a path for future Victorian players to follow.
"Lloyd has plied his trade in Australia and overseas but now he has the chance to play professional rugby in his hometown of Melbourne," Hill said.
"He has a great combination of speed and power which will add another dimension to our midfield."
"We hope that Lloyd will be the first of many Victorians playing Super Rugby for the Rebels."
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