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Newcastle Knights hooker Danny Buderus has joined the University of Canberra Brumbies coaching staff as a Collision Coach for the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Buderus will maintain his position as a player with the Knights in the NRL, travelling to Canberra one day a week through to the start of the NRL season to coach tackle-specific skills. The University of Canberra Brumbies have identified the initial contact in defence as an area where they can improve and see Buderus as the perfect mentor to make that happen.
In 15 years as a professional rugby league player, Buderus has claimed almost every accolade the game has to offer. Buderus Captained NSW to its last Origin Series win in 2005, won an NRL Grand Final with the Knights against Parramatta in 2001, a Super League title with Leeds in 2011 and represented the Kangaroos on 24 occasions.
The 2004 Dally M Medallist is still regarded as one of the world’s premier hookers and an expert in rugby league-specific tackling and defensive techniques.
Now in the twilight of his playing days, Buderus said the chance to kick-start his coaching career with the University of Canberra Brumbies was an exciting prospect.
“For me to be given a chance to start my coaching career with the Brumbies was an opportunity too good to pass up,” Buderus said.
“Coaching is something I’ve always thought would be an interesting way to keep a connection with sport once I’d finished playing and this opportunity certainly allows me to start the ball rolling.
“While all of my professional experience has been with rugby league, I’ve got an interest in all sports and have followed the progress of the Wallabies over the years.
“The Brumbies have a young group of players with plenty of potential. Considering my own experience I’m looking forward to contributing to their program and making an impact on the way the boys tackle and defend.”
University of Canberra Brumbies Head Coach Jake White said he was pleased to see Buderus at training on Thursday.
“It’s a pleasure to have a guy of Danny’s quality joining us at the Brumbies as a Collision Coach. It’s fantastic the Knights and the Brumbies have been able to come to this agreement and I can see benefits for both organisations,” White said.
“For the Brumbies, we are gaining some expert advice on the initial contact and first-up tackle which is an important part of the modern game. In 2012 our defensive record was one of the best in Super Rugby, but much of that was thanks to our commitment to each other and ability to scramble.
“I think with Danny’s help, we can make further improvements to our defence. I’ve spoken to Danny several times about the season ahead and he’s excited to be a part of the organisation. His record in rugby league speaks for itself and from what I can gather he’s a fantastic guy off the field too.
“I’d like to thank the Newcastle Knights, in particular their Head Coach Wayne Bennett for being so accommodating with Danny’s services.”
The University of Canberra Brumbies are now in their second week of pre-season training, with the first competition game against the Reds at Canberra Stadium scheduled for 16 February.
24 Tests for the Kangaroos
2001 Grand Final win with the Knights over Parramatta (first night time Grand Final)
2011 Grand Final win with Leeds
2005 NSW State of Origin series win as skipper (NSW last series win)
2004 Dally M Medallist for the best player in the NRL