Larkham sad­dles up to coach Brumbies

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WAL­LABY great Stephen Larkham will take over from Jake White as the new head coach of the ACT Brumbies for the next two Su­per Rugby sea­sons. The club said also yes­ter­day an­nounced that for­mer head coach Lau­rie Fisher had been ap­pointed the Brumbies’s di­rec­tor of rugby in a new coach­ing frame­work at the Can­berra-based out­fit.

The Brumbies said Fisher would con­trol the club’s rugby op­er­a­tions, while 102-cap for­mer Wal­laby fly­half Larkham would run the team.

Larkham, 39, a Brumbies player for 11 years, was pro­moted af­ter spend­ing the past three sea­sons as an as­sis­tant coach to White.

“We have a great group of play­ers and I’m look­ing for­ward to de­vel­op­ing the team along­side Lau­rie,” he said. “Lau­rie and I have worked well to­gether over the past two years. There’s ro­bust dis­cus­sions, and you put your ar­gu­ments to one another. It’s who­ever ar­gues the best point who comes away with it at the end.”

Fisher, who was head coach from 2005 to 2008, said on top of his new du­ties he would con­tinue to fo­cus on the for­wards, the break­down and the tackle.

The ap­point­ments come af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of White in Septem­ber, who left just over a month af­ter tak­ing the side to the Su­per Rugby fi­nal and is now di­rec­tor of rugby of the Sharks. – Sapa-AFP

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