NT tour takes shape

With just over three weeks until the Brumbies play their first trial in Darwin, Jake White and the rest of the coaching staff have almost finalised their plans to tour Australia’s Top End.

Arriving on 2 February, the team will stay in Darwin until 7 February taking time to engage the community both in the city and throughout the Northern Territory.

While the match against the Force on 4 February is the ultimate focus of the trip, promotion of rugby, boosting the Brumbies and community engagement are also high priorities.

Visits to Nhulunbuy, the Tiwi Islands and Jabiru will be coupled with trips to local schools, hospitals and correctional facilities.

White said he was looking forward to the trip to Darwin. It will be White’s first appearance as Head Coach of the team and the first time the majority of the squad pull on a Brumbies jersey.

“It’s a momentous occasion for both me and the rest of the team, we are all new to each other and it’s been a long pre-season,” White said.

“Playing against the Force will be a huge challenge for us as a group but we feel prepared to take the challenge.

“I’ve never been to Darwin but I’ve heard it’s a special place. The chance to engage the community up there and promote the Brumbies and rugby in general throughout the Northern Territory is quite exciting.”

The World Cup winning mentor will travel to Darwin on 20 January for the Hottest 7’s, taking time to adjust to the heat and the laid back nature of Australia’s most northern city.

Please Note: The following is an advanced media schedule for the Brumbies tour of the Northern Territory. A final version will be distributed once confirmation of school and community visits has been established. 

Thursday, 2 February
Arrive Darwin Airport 2.35pm Flight QF 842
Doorstop Media Op, Darwin Airport baggage collection
Interviews: 2.40pm   Pics/Vision: 2.40pm
Head Coach Jake White and selected players

Friday, 3 February
Brumbies to visit Crocosaurus Cove
Crocosaurus Cove, Mitchell Street, Darwin
Interviews: 1pm        Pics: 1.15pm
Selected players

School Visits TBA

Brumbies Captain’s Run
Rugby Park, Darwin
Interviews: 7.45pm   Pics/Vision: 8pm
Captain and Coaches

Saturday, 4 February
Brumbies v Force
Rugby Park, Darwin
Kick-off: 7pm
Media to be given finalised team lists at 5.50pm

Sunday, 5 February
Brumbies Meet the Players Day – Post match analysis
Rugby Park, Darwin
All players will attend

Community engagements
Royal Darwin Hospital 1-1.45pm
Selected players

Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre 2-3.15pm
Selected players

Monday, 6 February
Community visits
Three community visits have gone through preliminary planning stages.
Nhulunbuy, Jabiru and Tiwi Islands.
Selected players

Tuesday, 7 February
Brumbies depart Darwin for Cairns, Flight JQ058
Doorstop Media Op
Darwin Airport, Jet Star check in
Interviews 5pm
Selected players and coaches

For more information please contact Brumbies Media Manager Elliot Woods on 0449 252 120.