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The University of Canberra Brumbies have started pre-season with a good mix of old and new faces ready to challenge themselves over the next three months.
In all, the UC Brumbies will have 37 players on deck for pre-season. A group from Canberra’s John I Dent Cup has stepped up to fill permanent positions left by the club’s nine Wallabies, while several other train-on players are in town hoping to impress before Christmas.
In Canberra for their first pre-seasons in many years will be Pat McCabe and David Pocock, while new signing Jarrad Butler is also expecting a big few months adjusting to life as a UC Brumby.
Butler said he was looking forward to the challenge.
“Starting at a new club has presented me with a different set of challenges heading into pre-season and it’s something I’m quite excited about,” Butler said.
"I've been in town for a couple of weeks now and I'm slowly getting used to the cold. I tried to buy a couple of jumpers in Brisbane before I came down but they don't really sell many winter clothers up there so I'm still looking.
“The next three months will be about improving all aspects of my own game and making sure I’m in top physical and mental shape by the time we start playing games.
“I’ve had a good break from rugby, the Reds stopped playing in July so it’s nice to be back into training and being in a team environment.”
A former Queensland junior who cut his teeth in Super Rugby with 12 Reds rugby caps, Butler will be looking to impress UC Brumbies coaches during pre-season as he trains alongside other world-class flankers like Pocock and Fotu Auelua.