Welcome to Brumbies Buzz, a bi-weekly look at all things happening here at Brumbies HQ during the 2017/18 Pre-Season.
The Plus500 Brumbies are into their final week of Pre-Season before breaking off for Christmas and the coaches are treating each session accordingly, there has been no respite for the players with the much-needed break just around the corner.
2018 JERSEY LAUNCH
The players were shown the 2018 jersey for the first time early this week and it received a very positive reaction.
Most of the players loved the reversion back to the original Brumbies colours from the mid 90’s and were very impressed with the design.
Last year’s skipper Sam Carter and star fullback Tom Banks were on hand for the launch of the kits at Brumbies HQ on Tuesday afternoon, both men remarking on the favourable fit and design of the new Classic Sportswear jersey.
RETURN OF BENNY A
Brumbies all-time caps leader Ben Alexander has returned to Brumbies HQ for Pre-Season training following a well earnt break.
Alexander, who recently celebrated his 33rd birthday, will likely become only the fifth Australian player to reach 150 Super Rugby caps next season and the former Wallaby’s experience has been a welcome addition to training.
Young props like Faalelei Sione and Mees Erasmus are set to benefit immensely with Alexander around the playing group for a few extra weeks.
Kyle Godwin has looked back to his best form in the last few weeks of Pre-Season before the Christmas break, the former Western Force man is demonstrating the ability that saw him make his debut late last year against France.
Godwin has looked silky with the ball in hand and is routinely putting teammates through holes that many others just wouldn’t be able to see.Head Coach Dan McKellar will be hoping that Godwin’s form on the training paddock will translate to the pitch when the Brumbies kick off their trial matches against the Rebels at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan.
The heat has picked up greatly in Canberra over the last couple of days, the temperatures having a noticeable effect on players during the training sessions.
The Brumbies scrum is beginning to look very dominant, the work put in with Scrum Coach Dan Palmer over the last few weeks is making a noticeable difference.