Brumbies tighthead technician Dan Palmer has come through a positive recovery process having suffered a plantar fascia tear late last season.
The debilitating foot injury had kept Palmer on the sideline for the tail end of the 2011 Super Rugby season, but hard work has provided the scrummaging specialist with a chance to lead other tight-five members through preseason.
Now in his fifth Super Rugby season and second in the ACT, Palmer’s fitness will be the key to the Brumbies getting a good shove on at scrum time in 2012.
“It’s all 100 per cent ready to go now, I’ve just got to monitor it and take care of it to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Palmers said.
“There was no option for surgery there, so it’s something I’ve had to be diligent with, the rehab and just looking after it generally, but we’re sure it will be fine.
“We’re all training hard and all trying to get into that starting XV … between the S and C and training there has been some really professional stuff put together which everyone has been positive about and buying into.”
Forwards Coach Laurie Fisher also suggested the program was working wonders at the club having returned to Canberra from Ireland three months ago.
“We’ve got a good varied program, enthusiasm levels are high, we’ve just got to wait to see where we end up by Christmas,” Fisher said.
“We’ve really tried to kick-start a fresh start this year, sitting down with [Brumbies Athletic Performance Coach] Aled [Walters] to get the S and C stuff right and we’ve tried to devise a whole new program that will get us to where we want to be.
“It’s got good variety, it’s challenging and it’s different.”
POS: Tighthead prop
H/W: 1.8m, 115kg
DOB: 14/9/1988, Shellharbour
Club: Southern Districts
SR Caps: 22