Born: 25 April, 1958 Canberra, ACT
Regarded as Australia’s premier mind on the breakdown and tight-forwards play, Laurie Fisher is enjoying his new position as the club's Director of Rugby.
Fisher returned to Canberra and the UC Brumbies in 2012 after a succesful stint with Munster in Ireland as Forwards Coach. His first two seasons back in the Australian Capital saw the UC Brumbies forwards develop into one of the most impressive units in the competition and as a result Fisher's reputation enhanced even further.
Now in his 16th year of professional coaching, Fisher boasts a wealth of experience for the UC Brumbies to reflect on.
A former University star in both the Canberra and Queensland club rugby competitions, Fisher believes that hard work and attention to detail are essential keys to success. He has been responsible for bringing the best out in countless Brumbies players, with Michael Hooper’s ability at the breakdown now considered world class after just one season under Fisher.
Fisher has spent countless hours watching footage of players from around the globe, eager to improve his own understanding of the game while constantly on the lookout for new talent.
While discussion often centres on the origin and age of his famously-faded bucket cap, Fisher’s coaching methods and techniques are setting industry standard as players see visible improvements to their games while under his guidance.
Born: 29 May 1974, Canberra, ACT
One of the greatest fly-halves to ever play the game is quickly developing into a first-class rugby mentor, with Stephen Larkham taking on the Head Coach position in 2014.
Now in his third year as the UC Brumbies back’s mentor, Larkham has made the transition from player to coach seamlessly, with the UC Brumbies backline all earning Wallabies caps in 2013, other than Henry Speight who was ineligible and Andrew Smith who was injured.
Watching Christian Lealiifano and Matt Toomua carve up defensive lines in 2012 and 2013, UC Brumbies fans could have been forgiven for thinking they were watching their side from a decade earlier. Larkham has had a profound influence on both Toomua and Lealiifano's games, helping the young playmakers with decision making and supplying their backline with opportunity.
A Canberra local who bleeds yellow and navy, Larkham has been involved with the Brumbies since day one. He started in the club’s first ever competition game way back in 1996, played both winning finals in 2001 and 2004 and has now flourished as a coach during the Jake White era.
His international experience is just as impressive, with a World Cup, Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations all in the bag as a Wallabies flyhalf.
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