Brumbies going back to the future

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The Brumbies are going back to the future, revealing their new kit for the 2018 Super Rugby season.

The home kit will be predominantly blue and white and the away kit the inverse of that, with both jerseys sharing the famous burnt orange the Brumbies sported with pride in their formative years.

The jerseys are a hark back to the old Canberra Milk jerseys of 1996, which were fan favourites, something that can't be said of the gold tinted jerseys the club has worn in recent years.

"I think there was a year there where we went away from the traditional type jersey and if we were honest, the fans weren't all that wrapped with it," Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said.

"It's nice to go back to a jersey that the players, staff, the organisation and the community really appreciates and feels a part of."


Sam Carter echoed his coach's thoughts on the new strip.

"It's a very prestigious club with a long history and I think going back to the original jersey is going to bring a lot of people out to support the games," Carter said.

"All the supporters and Canberra people in general are very passionate and they're very passionate about their sport down here.

"With this jersey, what it represents and everyone that has pulled it on before is just upholding what we are going to be doing next year.

"With that back to the future kind of feel to it, it gets that bit of nostalgia about what people remember about the Brumbies and what people could do in the future."Season 2017 had its challenges for Sam Carter. Photo: Getty ImagesSeason 2018 will present a fresh set of challenges for Carter, who has fallen out of Michael Cheika's Wallabies plans after getting an early start in the June series.

Carter shared the captaincy this year while Christian Lealiifano battled leukaemia and David Pocock was on sabbatical but the 28-year-old said he would be comfortable relinquishing the role, should the club move away from the co-captaincy model.

"If that's the decision they went with, yeah, I would be comfortable," Carter said.

"I would be doing everything that I could to support the team and make sure that we get the result on the weekend.

"I will obviously be a leader with the team - with the lineouts and with the forwards - so if they gave it solely to Christian, that's the decision they go with."

While he would be comfortable without the captain's armband on, Carter feels he has grown into the role in 2017.The Brumbies will be rocking their traditional colours in 2018. Photo: Getty Images"The more game time I got as captain under my belt, the more irrelevant my worries became.

"I became a lot more comfortable in that position and I have no doubt that if put in that position again, I will have a lot more experience."

On a personal front, Carter believes he is fitter, stronger and better prepared for the year ahead.

"I'm a little bit stronger and a little bit fitter," he said.

"I feel like I have more energy out there and I'm seeing the game a lot better and moving around a lot better.

"We want to be able to execute under pressure and that's what we are doing at this time of year.

"Coming back after the Christmas break we can refine that and train with a bit more intensity, a bit more speed."