The Brumbies Members Forum was held on Wednesday night with about 120 members turning out to hear the plan for 2012 and pose a panel questions on the club’s direction.
The panel, consisting of Head Coach Jake White, Forwards Coach Laurie Fisher, Athletic Performance Director Dean Benton, Performance Annalist Warrick Harrington, Christian Lealiifano and Ben Mowen, sat for an hour an a half delivering answers for interested members.
Brumbies Rugby Chief Executive Andrew Fagan opened the evening with an address to all members, encouraging them to be a part of the open and available club being built at Griffith.
“We want not only a large membership base but also an engaged one,” Fagan said.
“We will be using digital forums to give you a bigger say, to be able to speak with everyone at the club from myself to the players to our Head Coach.
“We have set a goal to be the world’s most connected club. We are working hard to ensure that when you are asked in 12 months time whether you feel connected to us, you will be able to say yes without any hesitation.”
Fagan reiterated comments from White on developing the world’s best rugby program, suggesting it had to be the big ticket item when people thought of rugby in Canberra.
“We might be disadvantaged in that we don’t have the corporate support in Canberra that Perth, Sydney or Melbourne enjoy, so we really need to have a point of difference, something that sets us apart,” he said.
“That point of difference has to be a world class rugby program, that’s what we are working on delivering, starting now.”
The Brumbies Members Forum was not an isolated event. Future forums will take place at dates yet to be announced.