The CA Technologies Brumbies have fought off a late charge from the Chiefs to open their 2011 Super Rugby campaign with a hard-fought win at Canberra Stadium, 28-20.
Classy tries to Franky Fainifo and rookie Robbie Coleman highlighted a fixture where the CA Technologies Brumbies controlled play for the majority of the game.
CA Technologies Brumbies Head Coach Andy Friend has named his team to take on the Chiefs this Saturday night at Canberra Stadium.
Tongan born Ita Vaea at No 8 and Henry Speight on the wing will both make their Super Rugby debuts, while Dan Palmer makes his first for the CA Technologies Brumbies at tighthead prop.
The Hurricanes salvaged a draw from their trial match with the CA Technologies Brumbies at Tuggeranong last night, scoring a try four minutes after the siren to claw level.
The CA Technologies Brumbies had the upper hand for the majority of the match, claiming victory at the set piece and through the inside backs.
The CA Technologies Brumbies playing roster will field another star Wallaby until at least the end of 2013, with versatile prop Ben Alexander announcing a two-year contract with both the ARU and Brumbies Rugby today.
At 120kg and with 24 Test caps to his name, Alexander’s signature was one of the most sought after both in Australia and further abroad.
The CA Technologies Brumbies have taken a huge step towards securing their roster past 2011 by registering the signature of Test hooker Stephen Moore to a two year deal.
Already a 55 Test veteran and old head amongst a team of younger players, Moore’s decision to extend his domestic career has the potential to project his Wallabies and CA Technologies Brumbies profile to new heights.
The CA Technologies Brumbies advanced squad has returned to Darwin after visiting the communities of Gove and Jabiru on Tuesday.
Jerry Yanuyanutawa and Huia Edmonds made their way to Jabiru, while Rocky Elsom boarded a flight and ventured east to Gove.
CA Technologies Brumbies Head Coach Andy Friend has named his squad to face the Queensland Reds in Darwin on Friday, with 88 cap veteran Mark Chisholm having been given the honour of leading the team as captain.
It will be the first time Chisholm has been handed the reigns of the team having been part of the CA Technologies Brumbies since 2003, winning a Super 12 Final and scoring 17 tries along the way.
Having seen a membership rush late last year leading into the Christmas break, Brumbies Rugby management have been happy to see numbers continue to rise indicating another year of strong support from the ACT community.
While the final target of 9000 members was still a work in progress, Chief Executive Andrew Fagan said the figure his side had already reached was pleasing.
Stephen Larkham, Justin Harrison and Marco Caputo will return to the CA Technologies Brumbies as part of the side’s coaching staff for 2011.
Larkham will return to Canberra after completing his third season with Japanese club, the Ricoh Black Rams, to take up the position of the CA Technologies Brumbies Attack Coach while Harrison, who completed his 96-cap Super Rugby career with the CA Technologies Brumbies this year, will stay on as the club’s Forwards Coach. Caputo will take over the reigns from Bill Young as the side’s Scrum Coach.
CA Technologies Brumbies winger Pat McCabe has been named as 2010 Investec Bank Super 14 Rookie of the Series.
McCabe made his Investec Bank Super 14 debut in Week One against the Western Force and had the distinction of being the only CA Technologies Brumbies player to take part in every minute of every match during the 2010 season.