Fresh faces for Brumbies in 2017

Super Rugby
by Marty Cambridge

The Brumbies have announced their Super Rugby squad for 2016, with a number of fresh faces heading to the nation’s capital.

Newest Wallaby, Kyle Godwin headlines the new inclusions that also features Sevens star Tom Cusack and a return to Canberra for the Wallaby-capped Fainga’a twins.

The squad contains a core group of international experience from 2016, with the likes of Wallabies Tevita Kuridrani, Scott Sio, Rory Arnold, Scott Fardy and Henry Speight joined for a second consecutive season by Argentine scrumhalf Thomas Cubelli.

“We have a good mix of local, interstate and international players in our squad,” head coach, Stephen Larkham said.

“It’s a good mix of experience and youthful energy, and it's going to be a great opportunity for us to show who we are, why we are here and what we want to achieve.

Kyle Godwin made his Wallabies debut last weekend against France. Photo: Getty Images“Last week we started our pre-season program, and over the next couple of months, leading into our pre-season games in late January, the players will work hard to improve their fitness, develop their skills, find their combination, and become a better team.”

However the squad will be without two of their most experienced in 2017, with skipper Stephen Moore returning to Queensland and David Pocock taking a year away from the game. 

Despite the squad having plenty of talent across the park, the biggest gap is at flyhalf where the Brumbies are yet to find a replacement after the departure of Matt Toomua and the uncertainty of Christian Lealiifano. 

“It’s no secret that we are still looking at our options around the number ten position,” Interim CEO Phil Thomson commented.

“The coaching staff have their eye on a number of potential candidates for the upcoming season. Those players will get their opportunities to impress the coaches during pre-season.”

Their season kicks off against the Crusaders on February 25, in what will be Larkham’s last year in charge of the Brumbies after deciding to take a full-time role with the Wallabies from 2018.

Can Stephen Larkham lift the Super Rugby trophy in his last year as head coach? Photo: Getty Images

BRUMBIES 2017 SQUAD

PROPS

Allan Alaalatoa

Ben Alexander

Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin

Nic Mayhew

Scott Sio

Faalelei Sione

HOOKERS

Robbie Abel

Saia Fainga’a

Josh Mann-Rea

LOCKS

Rory Arnold

Sam Carter

Blake Enever

Tom Staniforth

LOOSE FORWARDS

Chris Alcock

Jarrad Butler

Tom Cusack

Lolo Fakaosilea

Scott Fardy

Ben Hyne

Jordan Smiler

Rob Valetini 

SCRUMHALVES

Tomás Cubelli

Ryan Lonergan

Joe Powell

INSIDE BACKS

Anthony Fainga’a

Kyle Godwin

Jordan Jackson-Hope

Nick Jooste

Christian Lealiifano

OUTSIDE BACKS

Nigel Ah Wong

James Dargaville

Tevita Kuridrani

Andrew Smith

Henry Speight

Lausii Taliauli

FULLBACKS

Tom Banks

Aidan Toua

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