Fisher to find new level for forwards

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

With Laurie Fisher back among the Brumbies brains trust, the forward pack has one clear goal in mind.

The reigning Australian Conference champions want to be known as the dominant forward pack in the competition, according to prop Scott Sio.

"That's what you want - you want to be noticed as one of the most dominant packs," Sio said.

"Looking back over history, everyone knows the teams that win it have dominant packs up front so they can light it up out wide.

"At the moment we are just refining that."We don't have the finished product but we are hoping to peak come round one."

Sio and fellow front rower Allan Alaalatoa sung Fisher's praises, having both got their start when Fisher was previously at the helm in Canberra.

"It's been unreal to have someone of his wealth and experience back here coaching us," Sio said.

"We had some great, successful years when he was here and I'm hoping this year is the same as well."

The Brumbies have a fresh set of eyes running the show in new coach Dan McKellar, Fisher, attack coach Peter Hewat and defence coach Peter Ryan.Scott Sio is excited for what 2018 may hold. Photo: Getty ImagesEach brings their own unique style to the group and Sio said they could only be a good thing as the Brumbies push for a deeper finals run in 2018.

"I don't think there is going to be any major changes, just some subtle changes in little things that we do," Sio said.

"Each coach likes to play a certain way so I think it's more about Laurie, Peter and also Rhino (defence coach Peter Ryan) coming together and making sure that they can bring each of theirs styles and put it into one style of play."

The Brumbies kick off their season with a clash against the Sunwolves in Japan on February 24, starting at 2:15pm AEDT, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.