Home-grown talent doesn’t come any more likeable than Robbie Coleman – the diminutive Eddies boy now leading the charge for local players on the word stage.
After bursting on the scene as a prolific aged-grade representative in 2010, Coleman has put his hand up as a 50-gamer at Super Rugby level and was the Brumbies equal-top try-scorer in 2014 with eight.
Light on his feet and electric off the mark, Coleman is one of the Brumbies toughest players to tackle. Alongside Joe Tomane, Henry Speight and Jesse Mogg, Coleman forms one of the most devastating outside back combinations in the competition.
Schooled at St Edmunds College here in Canberra, Coleman developed his game as a fly-half, moving through the Australian Schools, U20s and Sevens squads taking on the play-maker’s role.
But more recently Coleman has shown his ability at fullback and on the wing, scoring plenty of points from broken play.
Along with Les Makin, Tom Staniforth and Rod Iona, Robbie is the fourth Canberra-based player to feature for the Brumbies in 2015. He comes from a long list of St Edmunds College play makers to feature for the brumbies including the likes of Matt Giteau and Matt Henjak.
Coleman will be working hard to maintain his starting spot with the Brumbies in 2015.
2008: Graduates from St Edmunds College in Queanbeyan where he had been selected to play 1XV, ACT Schools and Australian Schools.
2009: Joins the Brumbies Academy and the Australian Under 20s where his side finishes fourths at the Junior World Cup in Japan; makes his debut for the Australian Sevens plying tournaments in Dubai and Georgia.
2010: Makes his Super Rugby debut off the bench against the Reds in Canberra; wins silver with the Australian Sevens side at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi; finishes runner up in New Zealand with the Australian side in his second Junior World Cup; is named an IRB World Junior Player of the Year nominee; wins the Australian Rugby Unions U20s Player of the Year.
2011: Moves to Manly for his club rugby and has a strong season in the Shute Shield; plays 13 games for the Brumbies as a professional debutant, including the tour of South Africa.
2012: Has an injury plagued season but manages to feature in 11 games for the Brumbies scoring two tries; extends his contract with the Brumbies for a further two seasons despite attracting significant interest from a range of other Super Rugby franchises.
2013: Again has an injury hampered season managing to play 13 of 19 games; Captains the Brumbies Sevens side which wins the World Club Sevens in London over Auckland.
2014: Enjoys his most consistent, injury-free season since starring as a school boy racking up 15 games and eight tries; is named Captain of the Brumbies 10s side which finishes Runners Up to the Blues at the World Club 10s in Singapore; finishes the season with 52 Brumbies caps.