Born: 19 March, 1963, Johannesburg
Born: 25 April, 1958 Canberra, ACT
Regarded as Australia’s premier mind on the breakdown and tight-forwards play, Laurie Fisher returned to Canberra as the Brumbies Forwards Coach in 2012 having enjoyed a three-year stint in Ireland with Munster.
Despite a newly acquired taste for Guinness, Fisher prides himself on being as Canberran as fireworks and has settled back into life in the ACT without any hassles.
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.
Entering his 12th year of professional coaching, 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 backs coach. Now in his third year as the Brumbies back’s mentor, Stephen Larkham has made the transition from player to coach seamlessly, with the 2012 backline humming throughout the season.
Watching Christian Lealiifano carve up defensive lines in 2012, Brumbies fans could have been forgiven for thinking they were watching their side from a decade earlier. Larkham has had a profound influence on Lealiifano’s game, as well as Matt Toomua and Zack Holmes, 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.
Larkham has been handed a new challenge in 2013 – to make further improvements on a backline that has already proven it can cut any defensive line to shreds.
Dean Benton is one of Australia's forefront minds on the development and maintenance of high-performance athletes.
In just over a year, Benton has transformed the Brumbies Athletic Performance department to be the fittest in Australian rugby. The implementation of the Brumbies Performance Canteen, the revamped recovery centre and gymnasium as well as the adjustments to the club's nutrition and recovery habits have set the Brumbies on a path of success.
Benton's previous work with some of Australia's top swimmers, rugby league players, track and field athletes and AFL players has allowed him to network with industry leaders both here in Australia and throughout the world.
Constant study of the human body and its precise functions has led to Benton working with the AIS to develop better practices for rugby players in general. He is widely respected for his work with Australian athletes and will be coaching the Brumbies to a possible finals finish in 2013.