11/9/2011

Preseason update from week three


Week three of preseason has been a tough one as the boys contend with wet and humid conditions.

Heavy rain on Tuesday meant the players returned to the clubhouse after a field session looking more like they had been training for a bronze medallion at Manuka Olympic Pool than running on grass.

But it hasn’t been all bad weather wise. Canberra managed to turn on its best spring charm over the weekend and new guys like Ben Mowen and Siliva Siliva had been impressed with the quality sunshine hours here in the Capital.

John I Dent Coaches were given a heads up this week as to which Brumbies players had been allocated where for the 2012 season. Brumbies players will no longer be able to travel back to Sydney to play in the Shute Shield. It’s a move that is sure to strengthen the local competition while giving Brumbies coaching staff extra control over player workload.

It’s a huge bonus for rugby fans in the ACT too. Any given weekend they will be able to see players like Steve Moore, Ben Alexander or Ben Mowen representing their local team both on and off the field.

There are quite a few dirty mustaches floating around HQ now that Movember is in full swing. Nic White, Siliva Siliva, Joe Tomane, Christian Lealiifano, Zack Holmes and several staff members have formed Brumby Fuzz – the hairiest and most impressive team in Movember’s proud history.

Unfortunately there are a few terrible efforts floating around. Siliva deserves a special mention for poor growth, but one we couldn’t help but notice was The Canberra Times’ Brumbies correspondent, Chris Dutton.

Whiskers, as Chris is now affectionately known, really should hang his head in shame. It’s an appalling effort and one that has not gone un-noticed by the players around Brumbies HQ.

To make a donation to Brumby Fuzz, visit the Movember Australia website au.movember.com and search for “Brumby Fuzz”. You can request a look at Whisker’s poor effort by contacting the Canberra Times on Twitter @CanbTimesSport.

Players have spent the week in the EyeGym – a new training method designed to train the eye for better peripheral vision. The system works on computuers with players testing their reflexes and ability to spot gaps.

The designer of the program, Sherylle Calder, has been at Brumbies HQ and will continue to train the boys through to the end of the season.

Previously Sherylle has worked with the Boks, the All Blacks, England and various other rugby teams.

Sherylle has also worked in professional cricket, F1, horse racing and numerous other high speed sports.

The Performance Canteen continues to pump out top quality food under the watchful eye of Head Chef Brian Gibson.

The food quality and quantity has been top shelf. Everything that has come from the kitchen has been gobbled up and the players are fit, healthy and happy.

It’s the first time in Australian Sporting History that a professional team in any code has had control over what the entire team is eating and we are already seeing huge results.