Wallaby prop heading to France
Brumbies and Wallabies prop Dan Palmer is set to leave Canberra at the end of the Super Rugby after signing with French club Grenoble.
The 24-year-old tighthead, who made his Wallabies debut against Scotland last year, is regarded as one of Australia's most technically sound players in his position.
''French rugby is something I've always been interested in,'' Palmer told <i>Fairfax Media</i>.
''The opportunity came up and when I assessed everything it was the best option for me from a development point of view for rugby - and the chance to experience another top-level competition.
''It's a style of game I really enjoy and I think I can really develop and grow my game as a tight-head in French rugby. With the props they've got over there, you're playing against the world's best scrummagers every week and that's a challenge I'm looking forward to.''
''In Europe it's set-piece focused and very confrontational, but not as fast as what Super Rugby is,'' he added.
''I'm really looking forward to getting into a European style of game. It's a really good opportunity to have more scrummaging experience as a player and potentially moving into coaching [when I finish].'
''[Future Wallabies prospects] definitely came into consideration, it's not something I took lightly,'' Palmer said.
''I thought about it for a long time and spoke to all the people whose opinions mean a lot to me and I've come to the conclusion that at the moment experiencing French rugby is my best option. But in the future I'm certainly not closed to the idea of coming back.''