Larkham puts Brumbies on notice
Canberra - Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has put the
winless Canberra team on notice by dropping Australia loose forward Scott Fardy
from his match-day squad for the Super Rugby match against Force on
The 39-Test flank was ineffectual in the Brumbies' 27-22
home loss to the Durban-based Sharks on Saturday, a day after it was announced
he would leave the club at the end of the season to play for Irish club
Fardy's starting blindside spot will go to rookie Ben Hyne.
"That's a tactical decision, there's no injury there
with Fards," Larkham told reporters on Wednesday.
"That's just making sure that we maintain the
motivation in the group and keep the energy out there in the field."
The Brumbies, the only Australian team to reach the playoffs
last season, lost their opener away to the
Crusaders and a third successive loss against Perth-based Force would
put their hopes of reaching the post-season in jeopardy.
Larkham said he hoped Fardy's omission would encourage the
other senior players to step up as the Brumbies seek to revive their season.
"We've got a few leaders but if you look at the game
last week it was a little bit disappointing at the end," he said.
"With Fards out now I guess you look to the other
senior players and you expect them to take a little bit more onus on the
motivation and the performance and the motivation of the team."