After three, full seasons of Super Rugby, Scott Fardy is now regarded as one of the old heads of the Brumbies set-up and a go-to man when the chips are down.
Both on and off the field, Fardy had demonstrated leadership skills beyond his 50+ Super Rugby games of experience having not made his debut in 2012.
It was almost a story never told for Fardy, with short term deals at the Waratahs and then the Force earlier in his career not eventuating in any Super Rugby caps. But after impressing in Japan with the Kamaishi Seawaves in Japan, Fardy was granted a final chance at Super Rugby when the doors opened for an EPS spot under Jake White in 2012.
Fardy went on to start every game and was a huge contributor as the Brumbies went just one game short of the Super Rugby play-offs. While debate rages about whether his paper-thin skin would ever stand up to a life in the ring, there’s little doubt around the level of commitment Fardy puts into every tackle, ruck and carry he makes to get his side on the front foot.
There is scarcely a blade of grass that Fardy hasn’t bled on at GIO Stadium. The man has seen more stitches than the Canberra Ladies quilting club – but through it all he keeps trucking.
Fast forward 12 months from his Super Rugby debut, Fardy was recognized as one of Australia’s premier loose forwards by new Wallabies coach, Ewen McKenzie and he makes his national debut against the All Blacks in Sydney.
Since that match, Fardy has gone onto represent Australia on 20 occasions and looks a certainty for the Rugby World Cup in London, later in 2015.
2002: Joins Warringah out of high school where he will play every grade of colts during the next three years of rugby; becomes one of Warringah’s favorite sons having already played more than 300 games for local club, Newport Dolphins as a junior.
2005: Earns a spot on the Waratahs tour of Eastern Europe playing against sides from Russia and Romania; returns to play first grade with the Rats in Sydney’s Shute Shield.
2007: Earns a spot with the NSW Waratahs Academy and goes within a whisker of debuting at Super Rugby level for the club.
2008: Wins the Ken Catchpole Medal as the Shute Shields Best and Fairest Player; earns a contract with the Western Force and moves to Perth.
2009: Finishes his time with the Force having played several trial matches and for their Force Academy side; moves to Japanese club, Kamaishi Seawaves.
2010: Plays a big part in the Seawaves season and is the team’s top try-scorer, although they fall just short of the Finals.
2011: Is part of the clean-up from the Japanese tsunami and moves back to Australia at the tail end of 2011. Accepts an EPS contract with the Brumbies and moves to Canberra.
2012: Makes his long-awaited Super Rugby debut in round one against his former side, the Western Force in Canberra from the bench; goes on to play every game of the season scoring two tries against the Rebels in Canberra.
2013: Completes the fairy-tale with a Wallabies debut against the All Blacks in Sydney; goes on to claim 10 caps for the Wallabies throughout the season and 14 for the Brumbies; starts the entire Finals series for the Brumbies; is named People’s Choice by Australian Rugby website, Green and Gold at the conclusion of the Super Rugby season; features for the Brumbies during their historic win over the British and Irish Lions in Canberra.
2014: Makes another 10 appearances for the Wallabies before succumbing to a niggling knee injury which requires surgery; plays all 18 games for the Brumbies including their Finals campaign; is appointed as the players’ member of the ACT&SNSW Rugby Union Board.