The CA Brumbies have announced their leadership group to guide the side through the 2010 Investec Bank Super 14 season.
Stephen Hoiles will again captain the side after taking over the reins from Stirling Mortlock for the 2009 season. He will be joined in the five-man leadership team by Stephen Moore, Mitchell Chapman, Justin Harrison and Matt Giteau, who returned to training this morning along with fellow Wallabies Rocky Elsom, Adam Ashley-Cooper and George Smith.
The leadership group represents 337 Investec Bank Super Rugby caps and acts as a go-between for the playing squad and coaching staff as well as providing input into playing and training styles.
CA Brumbies Head Coach Andy Friend says he’s pleased with the group selected to lead the CA Brumbies in 2010.
“There’s no doubt we’ve got an abundance of leadership credentials in the side this season but we wanted to make sure that there was a good balance in the [leadership] group,” he said. “We’re fortunate enough to have a number of other key players within the squad, not least of which are three Wallaby captains, and their contribution will still be extremely important to us this season while giving them the opportunity to focus on their rugby.
“Steve [Hoiles] did a tremendous job in captaining the side – under what were at times difficult circumstances last season – and there was little doubt he’d be entrusted with the role again this year.
“In his first season with the side Stephen Moore was an out-and-out leader within the pack. His performances were consistent and he provided a lot of valuable input throughout the year and we thought it appropriate to give him a recognised role within the side. Similarly, Mitch has been a strong performer for the CA Brumbies over the past two seasons. He’s got a mature head on his shoulders, he’s an experienced campaigner and he was a player we believed would be able to represent the playing group well.
“Justin’s leadership ability has been one of the strengths of his game over what has been a long career. The amount of intellectual property he holds after almost 15 years of professional rugby is unsurpassed and he’s been one of the key individuals in each squad he’s been a part of.
“Matt Giteau’s credentials are well known and he’s been a key component of the Wallabies backline for a number of years. He’s very pleased to be back in CA Brumbies colours, he’s keen to be involved and we’re very keen to let him be involved.”
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