One of the Brumbies hard men, Dan Palmer has quickly developed into a player the ACT based team could not do without. Named as one of three vice-captains for the 2012 Super Rugby season, Palmer has led by example since joining the Brumbies in 2011. As one of Australia’s premier minds on scrummaging and set piece, Palmer has taken on extra responsibility in 2012 by leading all scrum sessions from the white board, to video analysis and onto the pitch. By nature, Palmer is a no-nonsense, cut to the chase sort of guy. Palmer does not suffer fools lightly and expects maximum effort from everyone he works with, both on and off their field. It’s these characteristics that have endeared him to Brumbies coaches and players alike, with few surprised to see Palmer included in the Wallabies squad for the June Tests against Scotland and Wales. Making his Test debut in Newcastle against the Scots, Palmer took himself to another level scrummaging in dire conditions, carrying the ball over the line and providing a solid wall in defence. Palmer made his debut with former flatmate and Brumbies teammate, Michael Hooper, in treacherous conditions at Energy Australia Stadium.A reoccurring toe injury, which has since been sorted with corrective surgery, kept Palmer from competing in the Rugby Championship. Wallabies appearances are the natural progression for Palmer, who has featured in nearly every aged-grade Australian jersey possible. An Illawarra lad who calls the Kiama Rugby Club home, Palmer has managed to tear himself away from the coast and has settled into Canberra.
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