Gale Joins Japan’s Kamaishi Seawaves

Nic Darveniza – 2/06/2017

After five years at the University of Queensland Rugby Football Club, Scott Gale will head overseas to join the Kamaishi Seawaves in Japan’s Top Challenge League competition.

The 22-year-old scrumhalf amassed 42 Premier Grade starts amongst 73 club appearances, including Grand Finals in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

 While at the club Gale captained Queensland and represented Australia at the U20s level, appeared for both Queensland Country and Western Sydney in the National Rugby Championship and made his Queensland Reds debut in 2014.

 Off-contract in 2017, uncertainty surrounding the future of Australian Super Rugby forced Gale’s hand in seeking employment in less troubled waters overseas.

 “It’s a massive disappointment to have to leave Queensland and UQ but I’m really excited for the challenge in Japan,” Gale said.

 “Some of the best years and experiences of my life were in UQ colours and I’m definitely going to remember my time at the club fondly.

 “I guess I’m lucky that I can leave the position and the future of the nine jersey in such good hands,” Gale said. “Moses (Sorovi), Tate McDermott, Jordy (Lenac); there are just so many great halfbacks around the club and I know they’ll keep Premier Grade firing for a long time.

 “We’re on the cusp of something really special in Premier Grade and I’m sad that I won’t be there come finals to see it through, but I’ve got every confidence that the lads can pull on without me.

 “I wouldn’t have achieved the things that I have in footy if it wasn’t for the time invested in me by the club, so I want to say a huge thank you to all the players, coaches, families and supporters who have helped make my time here such a great experience.”

 Gale played his last game for the club in last weekend’s 57-7 thrashing of Norths, ending his final UQ season unbeaten with four tries in seven games.

 Scott flies to Japan on June 13 for pre-season training as his Kamaishi Seawaves battle for promotion to Japan’s Top League in 2018/19.