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White tries to lure Larkham

2012-05-10 07:48

Sydney - Brumbies coach Jake White is reportedly trying to lure former Australia flyhalf Stephen Larkham out of retirement to cover for the injury-ravaged Super Rugby squad.

White told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper that 102-Test veteran Larkham was a "real option" to fill the gap created when Christian Lealiifano broke his ankle last weekend, compounding the club's problems at No 10 after Matt Toomua was earlier sidelined following a knee reconstruction.

Larkham, a backline coach at the Brumbies, has not played at any level since early last year and will turn 38 this month.

"He runs all of our plays, he knows our plays - we would be crazy not to ask him, and it is a real option I could have Stephen Larkham running around for three games," White was quoted as saying. "I would never force him to play, but when two flyhalves go down you have to think outside the box.

"If we think he can add value to us then we will pursue it ... If he says to me he would play, then of course we will go with that."

Larkham had a distinguished test career for Australia after starting as a fullback and moving to flyhalf. He helped Australia win the 1999 World Cup and was involved in the run to the final in 2003. He quit international rugby after Australia's surprising quarterfinal exit at the 2007 World Cup.

He played 116 Super rugby matches for the Brumbies between 1996-2007, including championship-winning seasons in 2001 and '04.

Larkham's age and tender knees may rule him out, so the Brumbies are reportedly targeting a number of senior playmakers including former Wallabies utility Matt Giteau, who left the Brumbies after last season to play in France, and former Australia rugby league international Craig Gower.

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Comments
  • Renny - 2012-05-10 08:17

    Sheer desperation! I think Steven's time has come and gone my friend.

  • Stormflat - 2012-05-10 08:21

    Larkham has infused great backline play for the brumbies... why tamper

  • Groenkoors - 2012-05-10 08:25

    Laughable!!! White is well known for his ridiculous reasoning at times...

  • Burtfred - 2012-05-10 08:40

    Are you allowed to play rugby with your Zimmer frame?

  • Chris - 2012-05-10 08:55

    I'm tempted to laugh at Jake White, but then I made that mistake when I read about him bringing back Os and Percy.

  • Dirk - 2012-05-10 09:09

    White, if Larkham and the other guys can't make it, try Canadians...

      joneethling - 2012-05-10 23:41

      Super idea, where did you get that? Good thinking!

      Dirk - 2012-05-11 09:08

      Straigt from the Brotherhood of Steel! http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Super15/Stormers-gain-Canadian-loosie-20120509

  • Frans - 2012-05-10 09:13

    How ridiculous of white only have one thing in mind to fill the flyhalf gap no matter at what cost, and outcome, larkham retired a year ago, has tender knees and 38 now, hope he laughs at white, perhaps takes his pants down and show him his backside

  • Frans - 2012-05-10 09:39

    @japjapjap jy se egter nie vir watter span jy gespeel het op jou bejaarde ouderdom nie, ek weet van ouens wat op 44 nog vir pofadder se dorpspan gespeel het, hier gaan dit oor super rugby my liewe vriend , en wat meer is ek vermoed dat statistieke oor spelers wat nog op 35 kompiterende rugby speel nie van veel waarde vir jou stelling gaan wees nie, en terwyl jy fourie du preez noem, weet almal en selfs hyself dat francois hougaard die man vir nr. 9 is, en dan laastens weet ek nie hoekom dit nodig is vir jou om beledigend te raak omdat mense nie met jou oningeligte siening saamstem nie.

      Acta - 2012-05-10 11:17

      @Frans, duimpie vir jou. @Jap, Bwahahahaha!! kwyl!!! Bwahahahah! jy darm... te dierbare hansieworsie, dankie dit was nou omtrent goed. Moet darm saam stem dat FdP nie oor die muur is nie en glo hy kan vir ons nog baie doen, kyk vir percy, os en daai ander srcummie...hahaha, jy darm OU jap

      Acta - 2012-05-10 11:50

      @Oomoupajap, Danki oom ek sal darm nogi vergeet ni, stel net ni belang ni. kwyl.....hiehiehie

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-10 16:51

      ge,.. 24 se twak praat skrywers het weer bogger al te doen-nou vee hulle alles uit, shame??

  • mike.rockey - 2012-05-10 09:53

    I wish Jake would stop wearing those glasses. Did he get them from Oxfam?

      Stormflat - 2012-05-10 10:11

      and they dont fit his face ... too small.

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-10 11:17

      Dankie aan die "Glam Guru's"

      Michael - 2012-05-10 11:31

      when did harry potter start couching the brumbies?

  • brand0nbradley - 2012-05-10 13:30

    Now that will be worth watching. Bring back the Lark.

  • Franklyn - 2012-05-10 17:48

    Larkham is obviously fit enough,and as jake says,he knows there drills-probably has made some of the set plays himself....still 38 is not young, you just gotta love Jake White,the guy is thick-skinned,controversial,bears grudges,has unwavering self-belief(arrogance in others minds)....but ultimately is a proven winner.

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