Welcome to Brumbies Buzz, a bi-weekly look at all things happening here at Brumbies HQ during the 2017/18 Pre-Season.
Week three of the Pre-Season is underway up at Brumbies HQ, the players being joined by a couple of guest faces and ripping in with only two weeks remaining until the squad breaks up for Christmas.
NEED FOR SPEED
The players have been going through speed training and technique with renowned athletic development coach John Pryor this Pre-Season, the former Strength & Conditioning coach at both the Wallabies and more recently at Japan Rugby.
Pryor has been running through muscle memory drills techniques aimed at increasing the players speed and maximising their energy expenditure.
This is the third straight season the Brumbies have been able to call on Pryor’s expertise and the difference he has made to the players who have gone through his training regime is evident.
Learning these techniques has been an adjustment for the new players but the gains made will be well worth it.
Former All Blacks and current Wallabies Skills Coach Mick Byrne stopped by Brumbies training this week to lend a hand as well as pass on some of his vast knowledge and experience.
Byrne had been in Canberra with the Australian U20’s during their first camp at the AIS which finished up late last week.
The experienced coach watched on and offered a hand at the Brumbies skills sessions early in the week and spent some time with Brumbies coaches at HQ.
Josh Mann-Rea looks refreshed and ready for a big season after some well-deserved time off during the 2017 National Rugby Championship.
The 36-year old hooker established himself as the Brumbies first choice hooker last season and has led from the front early during the Pre-Season.
Mann-Rea’s lineout throwing has looked spot on over the last few weeks and the former coal miner has been one of the hardest workers in the squad.
Pre-Season invitee Connor Vest has really stepped it up over the last couple of weeks, the 2016 Shute Shield Premiership winner will be hoping to keep it up and impress Brumbies coaches.
Fitness continues to be a big focus for the entire squad, the sessions have continued to get harder as we get further into the Pre-Season.