The ACT Brumbies will kick off preparations for the inaugural 2006 Super 14 season when players report for the first day of pre-season today.
Out of the Brumbies’ 33-man playing squad, 24 will assemble at training headquarters for a team meeting and medical examinations and the they will return in the afternoon for weights and running sessions.
The team will train for nine consecutive weeks before breaking for the Christmas and New Year period.
This season the Brumbies will have the added bonus of having the majority of their squad in training for the duration of the pre-season.
Australian Test regulars Stirling Mortlock, Clyde Rathbone, Jeremy Paul, Bill Young and Stephen Larkham will complete their first full pre-season with the Brumbies after being excluded from the Wallabies Spring Tour squad through injury or being rested.
“As well as providing leadership for the younger players, having the Wallaby players involved in our pre-season will provide a benchmark in terms of skill level and the overall quality of training,” said head coach Laurie Fisher.
“Prior to the Christmas break we will work on getting the various components of our game to a high standard,” said Fisher.
“We will focus on individual fitness and skills during the first two months and switch to team work and team ensemble play when the rest of the squad returns from the Wallaby tour.’
“We’re going to push the fitness levels of the players and also work on improving our physicality and overall skill level,” he added.
“The game is constantly reaching greater levels of contestability so we are looking to develop a more physical and combative style of play.”