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Are the Brumbies distracted?

  • Are the Brumbies distracted?


Will more drama at the Brumbies distract them in their quest for Super Rugby supremacy?

You could easily forgive the ACT Brumbies for being a little distracted in their pre-season preparation at the moment.

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It has been an incredibly eventful past three months at the club with four major personnel movements taking place.

And after a near perfect 2013 campaign, one could be left wondering how the Brumbies will respond this year.

Of course, the grand final side of 2013 will remain unchanged apart from the retirement of legendary veteran George Smith.

But the departures of former coach Jake White, CEO Andrew Fagan, a new coaching system, and now the imminent departure of skipper Ben Mowen have created a different scenario to this time last year.

World Cup winning coach White did not return to Canberra at all after the 2013 season, deciding to stay in South Africa to live with his family again.

He is now in a coaching directing role at the Durban Sharks.

Fagan decided it was time for new opportunities after his helm at the Brumbies, which lasted 12 years.

The Brumbies are yet to recruit a new boss, and will likely start 2014 without one.

So it remains to be seen how the Brumbies will play on February 22 against the Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium.

What do the fans think?

Of course two of the best minds in world rugby in Steve Larkham and Laurie Fisher will still coach the side, implementing systems put in place by Jake White.

The highest try scorer in 2013 Henry Speight will remain on song, along with his fellow talented back line in Tevita Kuridrani, Joe Tomane, and Clyde Rathbone.

Speight will be in desperate search of a test debut as he now legally can.

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