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Do officials crave the limelight too?




Officials are starting to act like neglected kids who have always sought attention with atrocious calls and decisions every week. It is as if they want to be in the headlines every week and for all the wrong reasons. Some may call the criticism unfair but its warranted with the number of high profile howlers growing by the week. Soon the question of match fixing will become part of the rugby conversation.  Instead of focusing on the rugby, most press conferences, around the world have resulted in talk of the referee decisions. Blues coach Tana Umaga the latest to highlight some inconsistencies. There were many a dubious call that are yet to be put to the fore.

  1. The neck roll on Schalk Ferreira by Sam Whitelock has yet to be cited and one has to wonder what the problem is. A result of the Southern Kings front row heading back home.
  2. It was almost the howler of the year for me, Jaco Peyper was about to send the Brumbies to the bin instead of the shower for punches. Had sanity not prevailed the Brumbies could have got away with that one.
  3. The punch by Nizaam Carr was missed amidst the punching row.
  4. Dillyn Lleyds’ try was actually inconclusive. There is a grey area on this one and I await an explanation from the South African referees on how this was a try.

Law 22.1 & 22.2 state- There are two ways a player can ground the ball:

(a) Player touches the ground with the ball. A player grounds the ball by holding the ball and touching the ground with it, in in-goal. ‘Holding’ means holding in the hand or hands, or in the arm or arms. No downward pressure is required.

(b) Player presses down on the ball. A player grounds the ball when it is on the ground in the in-goal and the player presses down on it with a hand or hands, arm or arms, or the front of the player’s body from waist to neck inclusive.

The list will go on, unless teams adapt on a game to game basis they will struggle. What you will be penalised for in one week, you will be allowed in another. The Reds-Blues clash was an example of an official not sure about the breakdown /scrum laws with some contentious calls. Surely there can be ways in which the officials fix this trend before it gets worse.

The use of neutral officials in clashes could be of help. Watching the Jaguares game against the Chiefs; one has to wonder what SANZAAR are a aiming at with the officials finding themselves making some rather one sided calls on occasion. One has to feel for the Argentinians who have had to face this all season.

All attack, no defence

The Lions managed to put the Cheetahs to the sword and further exposed the Bloemfontein side’s inability to tackle, cover the support runners and read the play of the opposition. The Cheetahs have a tournament high of 116 tackles. A further 38 more than the beleaguered Kings who show some bright sparks but lack the nous to dominate an 80 minute game. The Bloemfontein side is still in rebuilding but would have done well to focus on defence first this season to heal an Achilles heel that has derailed them in the last decade. The chances are looking good that South Africa will harbour at least two of the worst sides in the competition. While most sides will battle with balance the Cheetahs just seem to forget the entire aspect that is defence.

Team of the week:

My team of the week this weekend features a few surprise players and the top performers in:

Warrick Gelant (Blue Bulls); Ruan Combrinck (Lions); Johnny-Ben Kotze (Stormers); Howard Mnisi (Lions); Nemani Nadolo (Crusaders); Elton Jantjes (Lions); Faf de Klerk (Lions); Jed Holloway (Waratahs); Sean McMahon (Rebels); Elliot Dixon (Highlanders); Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers); Blade Thomson (Hurricanes); Marcel van der Merwe (Blue Bulls); Malcolm Marx (Lions);  Sef Faagase (Reds)

Wallabies down to 31!



Michael Cheika has cut down his squad to 31 players. The Wallabies had assembled as a 40 man squad but with a clash against the Springboks coming up the squad has been trimmed. While the players will remain in the group it sees some surprise omissions including Christian Leali’ifano and Wycliff Palu. Dave Dennis, Samu Kerevi, James Hanson, Tetera Faulkner, Toby Smith, Henry Speight and Nic White have been omitted.

Cheika did mention that it was tough making the calls and stressed that he was looking to manage the squad’s workload. Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau have made the squad and you will likely see Rory Arnold and Taqele Naiyaravoro make their debuts against the Springboks.

The squad: Rory Arnold (Brumbies)*
Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs)
Kurtley Beale (Waratahs)
Quade Cooper (Reds)
Scott Fardy (Brumbies)
Israel Folau (Waratahs)
Bernard Foley (Waratahs)
Will Genia (Reds)
Matt Giteau (Toulon)
Scott Higginbotham (Rebels)
Greg Holmes (Reds)
Michael Hooper (Waratahs)
Rob Horne (Waratahs)
James Horwill (Reds)
Sekope Kepu (Waratahs)
Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies)
Stephen Moore – Captain (Brumbies)
Drew Mitchell (Toulon)
Ben McCalman (Force)
Sean McMahon (Rebels)
Dean Mumm (Waratahs)
Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs)*
Nick Phipps (Waratahs)
David Pocock (Brumbies)
Tatafu Polota-Nau (Waratahs)
Scott Sio (Brumbies)
Rob Simmons (Reds)
Will Skelton (Waratahs)
James Slipper (Reds)
Matt Toomua (Brumbies)
Joe Tomane (Brumbies)

*denotes new cap

Five South African born players to take on the Lions for the Brumbies.


In 2001, minus the majority of their stars away with the Wallabies, the Brumbies went pain-stakingly close to knocking the Lions over at Canberra Stadium. A late try to Austin Healey saved the Lions, who won 30-28, but it was a moment Brumbies supporters have not forgotten and will be hoping to go one better on Tuesday night.

Andrew Smith will start at inside centre for the Brumbies against the Lions.

Wallabies squad members Peter Kimlin and Scott Sio will join Canberra club star, Chris Cocca when the University of Canberra Brumbies take on the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday night.

An impressive season with Easts in Canberra’s John I Dent Cup has catapulted Cocca into the big time with the burly prop now set to tackle one of the world’s most respected set pieces.

Starting from an eight-man bench, Cocca is joined by fellow debutant prop, Jean-Pierre Smith as two of four new inclusions to the team which pummelled the Rebels two weeks ago. Smith’s identical twin brother, Ruan Smith, will start at loose-head prop.

Andrew Smith has also been included at inside-centre in his first match back since straining his hamstring against the Highlanders in round nine. He comes into the side for Pat McCabe who has been included in the Wallabies squad.

Mark Swanepoel comes onto the bench, with Ian Prior to start in place of Nic White who has a fractured scapular. The team will be skippered by Kimlin, who led the Brumbies to victory in the absence of White, two Friday’s ago against the Rebels.

“It’s fantastic for Chris that he has this opportunity to face the Lions. I’m sure he is still pinching himself,” Head Coach Jake White said.

“He’s been in fantastic form for Easts and deserves this shot at the Lions. It’s a bit of a new situation for us, with an eight-man bench, but JP [Jean-Pierre Smith] has been training with us for a month now and he’s comfortable with the job ahead of him.

“I think it’s a good indication that the competition in Canberra is becoming stronger, that we can take the local players and play them against a quality outfit like the Lions.

“In the backs it’s comforting to be able to include a guy like Andrew Smith, who’s got plenty of experience. With Tevita [Kuridrani], they form a big centre pairing and it will be interesting to see how they combine.

“This is a huge occasion for us as a team, but also individually. The Lions are one of rugby’s last romantic sides, there is plenty of history there and we know that beating the Lions will go down in Canberra’s rugby folk law for many years to come.”

Tuesday, 18 June, 2013
University of Canberra Brumbies v British and Irish Lions
Canberra Stadium, Bruce
Kick-off: 7.30pm

University of Canberra Brumbies
1. Ruan Smith
2. Siliva Siliva
3. Scott Sio
4. Leon Power
5. Sam Carter
6. Scott Fardy
7. Colby Faingaa
8. Peter Kimlin (c)
9. Ian Prior
10. Matt Toomua
11. Clyde Rathbone
12. Andrew Smith
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Henry Speight
15. Jesse Mogg

16. Josh Mann-Rea
17. Jean-Pierre Smith
18. Chris Cocca
19. Etienne Oosthuizen
20. Jordan Smiler
21. Mark Swanepoel
22. Robbie Coleman
23. Zack Holmes

Kings ring changes for Brumbies


The Kings have made a number of changes for their 3rd game on tour against the Brumbies.

De Jongh back for Stormers


Fit-again Springbok centre Juan de Jongh will start at outside centre for the DHL Stormers in Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the unbeaten Brumbies (kick-off 19h10).

Brumbies offers ‘Jake White Scholarship’ to South African students


A high-performing South African student will receive a chance to study in Australia under a new scholarship announced today.

Brumbies make 5 changes for Sharks


Scott Sio makes his first career start at loose-head prop in Durban on Saturday night when the University of Canberra Brumbies take on the Sharks.

Keegan back for Sharks


The Sharks welcome back their captain, Keegan Daniel for their match against the Brumbies this weekend.

Brumbies 35, Waratahs 6


Jake’s boys will be looking for their 3rd consecutive win as they host the Waratahs in Canberra.

Waratahs team for Brumbies


Southern Districts youngster Ben Volavola will make his first start for the HSBC Waratahs on Saturday.

Rebels unchanged for Brumbies


The RaboDirect Rebels have named an unchanged side for their match against the ACT Brumbies this Friday night at AAMI Park.

Reds line-up for Brumbies


The St.George Queensland Reds have today unveiled their starting line-up for Saturday’s blockbuster round one Super Rugby affair against the ACT Brumbies in Canberra.

Reds announce strong squad for Super Rugby opener


The St.George Queensland Reds have today announced their first Super Rugby matchday squad for 2013 with 23 players travelling to Canberra tomorrow ahead of Saturday’s blockbuster round one grudge match against the ACT Brumbies.

Brumbies coach Jake White not happy with Robbie Deans’ Wallabies plans


BEWILDERED Brumbies coach Jake White believes Wallabies plans to strip Australian Super Rugby teams of their Test players for crucial penultimate round matches are blatantly unfair.

  • by:Jim Morton
  • From:AAP
  • January 30, 2013 3:29pm
  • Brumbies coach Jake White

Jake White says the Brumbies will suffer most if Robbie Deans gets his way and players are plucked early for a Wallabies training camp. Picture: Kym SmithSource: The Daily Telegraph

White has joined his Queensland and NSW counterparts – Ewen McKenzie and Michael Cheika – in opposing Robbie Deans’ wish to put his Test squad into an extended three-week camp before the British and Irish Lions series in June.

But the former South Africa coach believes it’s the Brumbies who will pay the biggest price if the ARU decide to quarantine Test players, even though he expects the Reds and Waratahs to have more chosen.

The Brumbies are scheduled to meet the Melbourne Rebels on June 7 in Canberra – 15 days before the first Wallabies-Lions Test – in their second last fixture match and desperately want the likes of David Pocock, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander and Pat McCabe available.
The same weekend, NSW play the Western Force in Perth while Queensland, who have a Super bye, host the Lions at Suncorp Stadium.

Still tormented by missing last season’s finals by one point following a last-round upset loss to the Blues, White said every competition point would be hugely important to his team’s play-off hopes that late in the competition.

“Last year in the last round our whole season changed so I find it highly unlikely that in the last rounds this year that the expectations from anybody would not be to play your best teams,” he told AAP.

“We’re all happy to help (the Wallabies) but it’s making sure everyone wins. We can’t have this situation.”
McKenzie has said he’d be prepared to compromise by allowing Test players to start their camp on June 2 in the hope they’d be released towards the end of the week to play that weekend.

But that would not appease 2007 World Cup winner White who feels he needs his young, improving side together for a full week to prepare for their clash with the Rebels.

“Ewen is in a different situation because he’s talking about a Lions (tour) game and he also has a very settled team,” he said.

“It makes no difference if one guy (Quade Cooper) boxes one Saturday and plays the next Saturday – there’s not many teams who can afford that.

“The Waratahs have a Wallaby pack of forwards who play together every Saturday – if it’s not for the Waratahs it’s for the Wallabies.

“We’re in a very different situation.

“We can’t afford to lose four guys or five guys and then by Saturday they’re back to play.”

The Brumbies provided eight of 49 players to a Wallabies logistics camp this month and they have no issue with resting Test players from their Lions tour clash on June 18.

White confirmed Pocock would make his Brumbies debut this Friday night against his old Force teammates in a Darwin trial.

Former Wallabies winger Clyde Rathbone will also make his comeback, playing at centre outside playmakers Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano who will trial at 10 and 12 with McCabe (neck) sidelined until round four.

‘No-name’ Brumbies to test Wales, says White


In Jake White’s own words, his “no-name” Brumbies have been lumped with a huge challenge to take down the second-best side that Six Nations champions Wales can muster in their mid-week tour match on Tuesday.

By , 12 Jun 2012

But the Brumbies coach insists his squad have made a habit of performing beyond the merits of their CVs this Super Rugby season and are confident they can keep Wales winless two games into their Australian visit.

Five days out from their second Test against the Wallabies, Wales have named a second-tier outfit to take on White’s Brumbies, with lock Luke Charteris the only starting player to back up from their 27-19 first Test loss.

Two others, hooker Ken Owens and five-eighth Rhys Priestland, will start from the bench.

But White maintains there’s plenty to be wary of in the Welsh squad, particularly up against a Brumbies’ side light on Super Rugby experience, let alone international caps.

“Take a look at the records and the Test caps they’ve got,” White said on Monday.

“(Five-eighth James) Hook has got over 60 Test caps, you know, and their lock pairing have got over 100 Test caps, so if you compare that to what we have … we’ve got a relatively young and inexperienced team.

“But that’s nothing that we’re not used to.

“We started the campaign playing the (Western) Force on the first weekend and they had six Wallabies in their pack and we had a bunch of no-name brands (the Brumbies won 19-17).

“So it might be a big ask, but (we’re calling on these young players) to step up to the plate and take a chance.”

With eight Brumbies on Wallabies duty, the Wales game looms as a golden opportunity for some of the youngsters to make their presence felt, with three making their run-on debuts for the year and another six making game debuts.

The game also gives White an opportunity to test combinations out, particularly Andrew Smith and Tevita Kuridrani in the centres.

The Brumbies will have to re-jig their backline when they return to the Super Rugby season against the Force in Perth on June 30, after regular winger Joe Tomane went down with an ankle injury while training with the Wallabies.

“They’re a little bit like Pat McCabe and Anthony Faingaa in terms of the way they play, so it’ll be interesting to see how that combination comes off,” White said.

“It gives us a chance to see what Andrew Smith can do at No.12.”

Caretaker Wales coach Rob Howley is meanwhile hopeful a desperate performance from the mid-week side will boot Wales’ Australian tour back into action.

“The mid-week side becomes very important in terms of attitude and this group were out training at 9am the morning after the first Test,” he told PA.

“Some of the boys are backing up (the main squad) but we are confident in our fitness and where we are with this team because they’ve already had a game against the Barbarians.”

The tour match kicks off at 7.30pm (AEST) at Canberra Stadium on Tuesday.

    University of Canberra Brumbies
    1. Ruaidhri Murphy
    2. Anthony Hegarty
    3. Scott Sio
    4. Leon Power
    5. Ben Hand (c)
    6. Peter Kimlin
    7. Colby Faingaa
    8. Ita Vaea
    9. Ian Prior
    10. Zack Holmes
    11. Kimami Sitauti
    12. Andrew Smith
    13. Tevita Kuridrani
    14. Cam Crawford
    15. Robbie Coleman

    16. Siliva Siliva
    17. JP Predaud
    18. Dylan Sigg
    19. Fotu Auelua
    20. Beau Mokoputo
    21. Tom Cox
    22. Jesse Mogg

© AAP 2012

Demons get taste of Jake White ‘magic’


He conquered international rugby and has led a Super Rugby revival in Canberra, but Jake White says he’s not preparing for a code swap to the AFL despite tasting instant success with the Melbourne Demons.

Chris Dutton
June 5, 2012

Brumbies head coach Jake White sat in the box with the Melbourne Demons last weekend.

The ACT Brumbies coach is fast becoming a lucky charm after ”joining” the Demons as they broke through for their first win of the AFL season last Saturday night.

The South African World Cup winner used his time in Victoria last week to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the oldest clubs in Australia to see how Demons mentor Mark Neeld operated.

It’s part of White’s plan to continue evolving as the Brumbies attempt to turn their early-season success into an unlikely finals berth when the Super Rugby competition resumes at the end of June.

He didn’t give an inspiration half-time speech to try to lift the struggling Demons. But White says his time at the MCG provided invaluable experience.

”I joked with them when I left and said, ‘sorry boys, I can’t come back down next week’,” White said.

”It was very interesting for me to see up there.

”They have 13 computers in the coaches’ box all going through statistics and analysis. All the development coaching staff was there and it was very professional.

”You can see how much work behind the scenes there are in terms of tactics.”

White flew to Japan yesterday for a brief stint with the NTT Communications club to see if there’s anything else he can pick up before returning to Canberra.

After the Brumbies beat the Melbourne Rebels on Friday night, White ordered his players to ”get away from rugby” to recharge before their finals bid.

But White is continuing his international and cross-code search for a competitive advantage.

Demons coach Neeld had been under the pump after failing to record a win in his debut AFL campaign. They were expected to lose again against one of the premiership favourites, Essendon.

However, they held on for a tight six-point win and emotion spilled over afterwards. White was in the changeroom when the players belted out the team song.

”To see a game like that and how they worked when it got close, was fantastic,” White said.

”It wasn’t so much about what I could take back to Canberra, it was about reaffirming certain things.

”I think what I learnt was just how much work goes in, how they get messages out and the staff you can add on match day.

”You can’t copy it, but you can use things, they’re big on stats and that was interesting.”

The Brumbies have been given a brief break before returning to training later this week.

They sit five points clear at the top of the Australian conference and their next Super Rugby game is against the Western Force in Perth on June 30.

However, White’s fringe players will get a chance to push for Super Rugby selection when the Brumbies play Wales in a mid-week clash at Canberra Stadium on June 12.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/demons-get-taste-of-white-magic-20120604-1zsi4.html#ixzz1wt6vljnK

Reds name starting line-up


St.George Queensland Reds flanker Beau Robinson and fullback Luke Morahan have been selected in the Reds starting line-up for their  blockbuster encounter with the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday.

Reds select 23-man squad


The St.George Queensland Reds have announced a strong 23-man squad for their blockbuster Super Rugby clash with Australian Conference leaders, the Brumbies, in Canberra on Saturday.

Tahs team for Brumbie derby named


His try in the final seconds of last year’s Derby clash secured victory for his new club against his old.  This time around, Michael Foley has backed Sitaleki Timani to make a difference from the first minute, rewarding his impactful performances from the bench with a place in the starting XV.

Butch out for 4 weeks


Butch James has been suspended for 4 weeks following a guilty plea for foul play.

Mapoe returns for Lions


The MTN Lions have welcomed back the services of Lionel Mapoe who will wear the 11 jumper on Friday for their clash against the Brumbies.

More of the same for the Bulls


The Vodacom Bulls are looking to finish on a strong note against the Brumbies on Saturday ahead of their overseas leg of Super Rugby and coach Frans Ludeke named the same side that conquered the Lions last weekend to face the Australians.

Brumbies re-sign talented 5


The University of Canberra Brumbies have taken huge steps towards retaining their promising young squad with the re-signing of five players on Wednesday.

Jake the miracle worker


He might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but Jake White is performing miracles at the Brumbies Super Rugby franchise.

Highlanders team for Brumbies named


Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Brumbies in Canberra tomorrow night.

Chiefs team for Brumbies


After their outstanding win over the Crusaders at McLean Park last Friday the Chiefs have announced their team to take on the Brumbies in their Round four Super Rugby battle at Bay Park Stadium on Friday night.

Ref got Cheetahs scrum calls wrong


Brenden Nel writing for SuperSport.com reports that SANZAR referee’s boss, Lyndon Bray, admitted that there was a ‘big imbalance’ in the way the scrums were handled between the Cheetahs and Brumbies over the weekend.

Coenie back for Brumbies clash


The Toyota Cheetahs have announced their team to take n the Brumbies for their first game on tour.

Force names strong team for Brumbies


The Emirates Western Force will unleash eight internationals in their run-on side as well as nine potential club debutants across the match day 22 when they head to Canberra for a Friday night clash against the Brumbies in the opening round of the 2012 FxPro Super Rugby season.

White includes 6 debutants for Force


The University of Canberra Brumbies have named their team to take on the Western Force in the Week 1 clash at Canberra Stadium this Friday night.

Brumbies easily account for Force in trial


Brumbies coach Jake White has enjoyed a dream start with his new Super Rugby side after they cruised to a 25-0 trial victory over the Western Force at Rugby Park in Darwin on Saturday night.

February 5, 2012

Brumbies 25 Force 0

In what was the first trial match of the year for both teams, the wet and windy conditions contributed to an error-riddled performance.

The Brumbies were first on the scoreboard when lock Ben Hand breached the Force’s defence to touch down late in the first quarter.

The Brumbies’ second try came after the Canberra-based side strung together seven phases before inside centre Christian Lealiifano crossed, while five-eighth Zack Holmes booted three first-half penalties to extend the lead.

The Western Australian side showed more composure in the third quarter, however the Brumbies defence held firm despite being restricted to 14 men when flanker Peter Kimlin was sent to the sin bin for a late shoulder charge.

Workhorse Brumbies prop Jerry Yanuyanutawa was prominent for the Brumbies before taking a heavy knock and coming off the field after 30 minutes, while Nic White slotted two second-half penalties to complete the emphatic win.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-match-report/brumbies-easily-account-for-force-in-trial-20120205-1qza1.html#ixzz1lZPvnOny

White takes time to find Brumbies’ leader


Brumbies coach Jake White says he’ll use his team’s opening trial matches to unearth his captain, dismissing suggestions the job has all but been entrusted to back-row recruit Ben Mowen.

February 1, 2012
""Ive been lucky enough that I've been working with this group and the majority have been with me since July but I still need to see how the dynamic of the whole squad comes along" ... Jake White.“I’ve been lucky enough that I’ve been working with this group and the majority have been with me since July but I still need to see how the dynamic of the whole squad comes along” … Jake White. Photo: Getty Images

While he’s been in his job for over six months, former Springboks mentor White insisted yesterday he has yet to settle on his team leader. ”I’ve been lucky enough that I’ve been working with this group and the majority have been with me since July but I still need to see how the dynamic of the whole squad comes along,” he said.

”The captain has to complement me as a coach and I’ve got to make sure that the captain I have will get the message through to the team. The only way I can do that is once I get to know the dynamics of the group.”

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Recruited to replace former Wallabies skipper Rocky Elsom in the back row, former Waratahs No.8 Mowen is understood to be the frontrunner for the captaincy following the departure of Matt Giteau last season, while Wallabies front-rowers Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander are also in contention.

The Brumbies will go without a skipper for their opening two trials against the Western Force in Darwin on Saturday and the Queensland Reds in Cairns on February 11 in favour of a hefty leadership group.

White said age and experience weren’t necessarily key factors.

Mowen, 27, distanced himself from the leadership conjecture yesterday. ”There’s not really a big need for a skipper now … we’ve got enough leadership across the group,” he said.


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University deal may lure South Africans to Brumbies


“Every day I get calls from dads in South Africa asking where I suggest their kid can play.” say Jake White

Chris Dutton

February 1, 2012 – 12:00PM

Ben Alexander models the Brumbies' new strip.Ben Alexander models the Brumbies’ new strip. Photo: Stuart Walmsley

ACT Brumbies coach Jake White wants to use a new alliance with the University of Canberra as the extra bait to lure South Africa’s most talented juniors to the capital.

The Brumbies have boosted their immediate finances on the eve of the Super Rugby competition by announcing a one-year naming rights sponsorship with the University of Canberra, worth an estimated $1million.

But White, who guided South Africa to the 2007 World Cup, is determined to convert the relationship into a long-term gain for his playing roster.

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White plans to capitalise on the strong connection between rugby and education in South Africa. As a former Springboks coach, he still holds a lot of influence on where South Africa’s rising stars choose to play.

“I would love to attract some boys to come and play rugby in Australia,” White said.

“Every day I get calls from dads [in South Africa] asking where I suggest their kid can play.

“It shouldn’t be underestimated a lot of South Africans will see this link and see it as an opportunity [to come and try to play for the Brumbies].

“Our challenge is to make sure we at the Brumbies do our homework … it can’t just be a sponsorship arrangement, it has to be a genuine boost and partnership.”

When White signed a four-year deal to coach the Brumbies last May, he expressed his desire to recruit South African schoolboy stars and get them to train in the club’s development programs.

Now he wants university delegates to travel with the Brumbies to South Africa in April and organise meetings with top young players.

White knows first hand how passionate South Africans are about rugby.

He has been coaching in schools since 1982 and high schools and universities have extremely strong allegiances to their rugby teams.

The Brumbies are allowed three foreign players on their roster – one marquee signing and two developing internationals. Dan Vickerman and Clyde Rathbone are two examples of South Africans who have played with the Brumbies and gone on to represent the Wallabies.

White said he would not try to influence young players to choose between committing to the Wallabies or Springboks, but he was confident South African junior stars could be enticed to join the Brumbies and the university.

“Nothing would hurt me more than to tell a South African dad to bring his kid here and he doesn’t leave Canberra a better player,” White said.

“I don’t want these boys to come here and to be a Brumbies fan, I want him to come here with an opportunity to play for the Brumbies.

“There’s no reason why it can’t happen, I get excited because we’re sitting on something great, but we can’t just offer an opportunity to study.

“It’s going to promote rugby in Canberra and increase the standard of rugby we have here.

“It won’t happen in year one, but it will be sustainable for South African and New Zealand boys to come here and study.”

White warned the agreement needed to be more than “lip service” to ensure he could attract the best recruits and turn them into better players in Canberra.

The university will get maximum exposure in South Africa and New Zealand when the Super Rugby season begins on February 24.

Rugby is the No.1 sport in both countries and more than 4 million viewers watched the Brumbies’ games last season

Twenty-three per cent of the university’s student population is from overseas, but only a small minority is from South Africa or New Zealand with most travelling from China and South East Asia.

The Brumbies could also move their base to the university campus in the coming years.

The club had its plans to redevelop Griffith Oval blocked on heritage grounds in 2010 and is currently awaiting a decision on its contentious application to rezone the site of its headquarters for redevelopment as apartments.

Canberra Times

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Brumbies introduce Eye Gym


As part of their commitment to provide players with the best rugby program in the world, Brumbies coaching staff have introduced the Eye Gym in an effort to sharpen responses and improve vision.
By Brumbies Media Unit

Brumbies Head Coach Jake White with Sherylle Calder.

Set up on laptops in the team’s computer room, Eye Gym is a series of skill based video games designed to train the eye to take in minute detail.

Creator of the Eye Gym, Sherylle Calder, visited the Brumbies HQ last week to implement the system.

Scores are kept for each game and tallied to judge where the biggest improvements are being made and who the key performers are. Injured players are required to test themselves for every session they miss, while fit and healthy players are also encouraged to use the system regularly.

Players who have used the system before have reported better vision around the park and a greater ability to spot gaps both in defence and when on the attack.

Previously Calder has worked with Formula One drivers, tennis players, swimmers, jockeys, soccer players and rugby players. In rugby, her resume boasts teams like the All Blacks, England, the Springboks and a host of professional club teams.

From the Brumbies HQ Calder has travelled to Japan where she is working with Brumbies coaching consultant Eddie Jones.

Eye Gym will remain a part of the team’s overall program for the rest of the 2012 Super Rugby season.

Force 13, Brumbies 13


Can the Brumbies bounce back and end the season on a high as they travel to Perth?

Mitchell still under pressure


A stunning win by the Lions over the Brumbies will do little to ease the pressure on coach, John Mitchell.

Latest Rugby News: Butch now playing


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Sharks 34, Brumbies 16


The Sharks are still hurting after their defeat to the Stormers and promised their fans a demolition of the Brumbies.

Cheetahs 47, Brumbies 36 (Full time)


The Toyota Cheetahs will be desperate to record a win at home when they host the struggling Brumbies.

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Jake White gets Brumbies job


Rugby World Cup winning coach Jake White has been appointed Head Coach of the CA Technologies’ Brumbies for the next four seasons.

Brumbies 19, Force 27


There is a Sunday game this week taking place in Australia where the Brumbies will host the Force.

Brumbies (17) v. Hurricanes (16) – Full time


Two of the most underperforming teams will slug it out in Canberra in an effort to earn some valuably conference points.

Highlanders 26, Brumbies 20 (Final Score)


First game of week 7 sees the much troubled Brumbies travel to the intimidating surroundings of Dunedin as they look to end their bad run of form against the Highlanders.

Brumbies 22, Waratahs 29 (Full time)


Both these Aussie teams are shockingly out of form and will look to make amends when they tackle each other in Canberra.

Jake heading to Oz?


Former Springbok coach, Jake White, has been linked to many jobs over the last 3 years but it seems he might just have found his first permanent placement since stepping down as Springbok coach.

Crusaders 52, Brumbies 10 (Final score)


Our first match in Round 4 takes us to Nelson, the Crusaders’ adopted home, where they will host the troubled Brumbies.

Brumbies 25, Reds 31 (Full time)


The Brumbies have a new coach, and will look to make ammends for their shock loss to the Rebels last week.

Player revolt reason for Friend’s sacking


No matter how Andrew Fagan tried to paint it, Andy Friend was the second Brumbies coach sacked thanks to a player revolt.

Brumbies sack coach


Australian Vodacom Super Rugby side the Brumbies have sacked their coach Andy Friend just two matches into the southern hemisphere provincial championship’s season and replaced him with one of his assistants, the team said on Tuesday.