Jake's Brumbies in training

2012-10-30 10:18

Canberra - A boot camp, a sand pit and a determination to erase their last-round meltdown - the Brumbies are back at training and coach Jake White hopes a renewed hunger will drive his team into the Super Rugby finals.

Three months after the young Brumbies fell at the last hurdle in their finals quest, the team started pre-season training yesterday with speed, strength and endurance tests at the AIS.

The Brumbies' Test representatives weren't exempt from the lung-bursting session with David Pocock, Ben Alexander and Stephen Moore all being pushed to the limit just days before heading to Europe on the Wallabies' spring tour.

It's White's second season in charge of the Brumbies and to prevent his players from getting stale and bored, the South African is contemplating a boot camp at the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

There is also a sand pit at Brumbies headquarters for wrestling sessions and rehabilitation running.

''You don't want the players to be bored and feel as if it's the same old, same old,'' White said.

''Maybe we look at ways we can revitalise them in the pre-season, maybe that means going away for a day, team-building exercises or we've got a great army base at Duntroon so we'll look at that.

''We want the players to have fun and not get stale.''

The Brumbies have filled their 35-man roster with White adding scrumhalf Mark Swanepoel and outside back Stephan Van Der Walt to the last two spots available on the extended player squad.

Despite a large chunk of the squad having surgery in the off-season, 25 of the 35 contracted players have started training.

It didn't take long for marquee recruit Pocock to impress. The former Western Force skipper has been training with the Brumbies for the past month after injuring his knee playing for the Wallabies.

But in a sign the flanker is back to full fitness, Brumbies athletic performance director Dean Benton described Pocock as the ''ultimate rugby machine''.

Pocock will battle with Michael Hooper for the Wallabies' No 7 jersey on the spring tour.

Hooper's speed and endurance are two of his strongest assets and Pocock matched the former Brumby's fastest 10-metre sprint in yesterday's session.

White spent most of the off-season in South Africa and only returned to Canberra last weekend.

Benton - one of the leading athletic performance directors in Australia - is confident two pre-seasons with the young Brumbies will have the players in peak physical conditions.

''We've made gains slightly quicker than I thought we would and this group is one of the best I've worked with,'' Benton said.

''This pre-season will get us to a stage where we can match it with the more physical teams.''

New recruit South African lock Etienne Oosthuizen arrived in Canberra three days ago.

''It's a new beginning with me and I'm working with one of the best coaching staff in the world,'' the former Johannesburg Lions forward said.

''The vibe is the same, everyone is excited and a bit scared, but that's part of pre-season.

''I don't know how the system works yet, but I'm here to learn.''

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  • jasper.benadie - 2012-10-30 10:35

    Gona get creamed, just beat the Kings and I'll be happy!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-30 11:08

      The Brumbies will make the playoffs in 2013. Watch this space.

      chris.gill.9849 - 2012-10-30 11:50

      @Charles, agreed. JW is one of the world's top coaches along with Mallett. If he could get the Brumbies to the playoffs in his first season I'm very keen to see what he can do with them in his second season.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-30 13:34

      The brumbies didn't make the playoffs this year.

      adriaan.olivier.589 - 2012-10-30 13:42

      @jasper... creamed?? jake white's brumbies? really?? have you even watched one game they played this season? i'm gonna assume this is just a bad joke and give a polite grin to spare your feelings

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-30 14:10

      Feelings??? WTF is that, and the Brumbies did not make the playoffs ChrisG29!!!! *sjees and they say i dont know my rugby*

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-30 11:12

    brumbies and reds will be aussie teams, stormers and sharks for south africa and crusaders, chiefs, highlanders are the new Zealand teams

  • sharon.hamilton.737001 - 2012-10-30 11:14

    how to prevent boredom, staleness, Offer basic slavery, err I meant SALARY with match win incentives. If they really are so jaded, Jake, then white the slate clean and blood new blood. and... really really thrash the kings until they puke themselves rid of Wat & Son

      adriaan.olivier.589 - 2012-10-30 13:38

      what happened here? your two braincells having a peacocking fight to prove who is the most dominant? it's just good coaching to provide different training methods to keep the morale of the squad up while increasing their pre-season fitness's win-win....not that hard to understand.

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