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The Brumbies have kick started their 2012 Super Rugby campaign with preseason training at the AIS on Monday morning.
Minus Wallabies players, the squad assembled to test themselves through a range of disciplines.
One of the star performers of the day was new recruit Zack Holmes, who was one of the fastest, fittest and most explosive.
A West Australian native, Holmes was picked up by the Brumbies after strong performances for his club side Northern Suburbs in Sydney’s Shute Shield.
Holmes has also represented Australia on the Sevens circuit and joins the Brumbies with great anticipation.
“Testing today has been tough but exciting,” Holmes said.
“There are a great group of young guys here all around my age, 20 to 21, with plenty of enthusiasm.”
The lively utility back said he would be working hard throughout the Brumbies preseason.
“[I’m aiming to stay] injury free, get quicker, get bigger and work on my skills,” he said.
“With guys like Bernie [Stephen Larkham] and George Gregan I just want to learn as much as I can. There’s no better place to learn really, we’ve got two of Australia’s greatest players so if you can’t learn here you can’t learn anywhere.”
Larkham helped with speed testing on Monday morning, tracking times for pace men like Tom Cox, Tevita Kuridrani and Robbie Coleman.
He said Holmes stood out early in the Brumbies recruitment process and that he held high hopes for the promising player.
“Zack’s a very good trainer. I’ve seen him play a couple of times in the Sydney competition and we’ve recruited him as a utility back,” Larkham said.
“He’s certainly got a lot of potential. There are 12 new members of the squad with the average age being just 22, it’s a new generation and it’s a younger breed I guess but our squad is full of potential.”
Pos: Utility back
H/W: 1.75m, 87kg