Brumbies to take on Australian Baabaas
Canberra - The Brumbies will start their build-up to the 2017 Super
Rugby season when they take on the Australian Barbarians at Erindale in
Canberra on Saturday 28 January.
The match will signify the first of a pair of trial matches
for the Brumbies with a trip to Mudgee on Saturday 4 February to play the
Waratahs their other scheduled hit-out before the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens
Having been in training since mid-November, the match will
give a number of players the chance to show their talents and give head coach
Stephen Larkham a selection headache of the good kind come Round 1.
“After several weeks on the training fields it will be nice
for the team to get out and play a proper match in the form of this friendly,”
Larkham told the Brumbies' official website.
“We only have two trial matches before the start of the
season, as well as the Global Rugby Tens, and it’s important for the team to
get the opportunity to play fifteen-a-side rugby in a competitive environment.
Matches against the Australian Barbarians are usually exciting affairs and,
with players putting their hands up for a starting spot in the first round of
Super Rugby, it’s an important part of our preparation.”
“We have a number of new recruits for the 2017 Super Rugby
season and this game will enable them to put into practice what they have been
learning during pre-season.”
The Australian Barbarians is an invitational rugby union
team which has been a major part of Australian rugby since the team was founded
in 1957. It is made up of the best non-contracted Super Rugby players in the
country and is famed for its open approach to matches.
Over the course of their existence the Australian Barbarians
have scored famous wins over France (26-24, 1997), Scotland (39-34, 1998), Fiji
(31-25, 1999) and most recently a Canada XV (38-14, 2011).