Rugby Union 4 years ago

Brumbies opt for European style coaching

  • Brumbies opt for European style coaching

The ACT Brumbies have opted to fill the hole left by out-gone coach Jake White internally, naming Stephen Larkham and Laurie Fisher to lead the team into the future.

There was speculation the club would offer former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans the job, but the decision was made to keep two of the most respected members in their history to take the reigns.

And the decision came as little surprise to those close to the Brumbies.

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This season Larkham and Fisher played a huge role under the wing of White to guide their team, one of the youngest in Super Rugby, to the grand final in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Larkham is arguably the greatest flyhalf Australia has ever produced, playing in 127 Super Rugby games for the Brumbies from 1996-2007, winning two premierships.

He played for the Wallabies 102 times, and played a pivotal role in the Wallabies most recent World Cup win in 1999.

Fisher is widely regarded as the greatest mind of the breakdown in Australian rugby union, and would be hardly rivaled as a forwards and defensive coach.

Beginning his coaching career in 2000 as the head of the Brumbies Rugby Academy, he was the head coach at the club between 2005 and 2008.

While both coaches will work tirelessly together as a sort of co-coaching arrangement, they have each been handed newly created positions, which could revolutionise coaching at the club.

Larkham has been named head coach, and will oversee the team as a whole and be responsible for weekly team selections during Super Rugby seasons. He will also play a significant role in recruiting new players to the club.

Fisher has been appointed the Director of Rugby at the club, and will oversee all coaching staff, talent pathways for players, elite and academy development, and training structures.

But all the while this occurs both men will still work together training the Super Rugby squad, with Larkham to pay special attention to the backs, while Fisher will do the same with the forwards.

Larkham will still formulate attacking tactics, while Fisher will oversee defensive tactics.

The departure of Jake White came unexpectedly and abruptly, after the man with one of the greatest coaching records in world rugby union lifted the Brumbies from cellar dwellars in 2011 to grand finalists this season.

Both Larkham and Fisher have expressed their excitement in their new roles, and believe the new coaching structure will see the club continue to be a Super Rugby force.

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