Larkham rules out return to Super Rugby


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Brumbies backline coach Stephen Larkham has ruled out making a return to Super Rugby but the Brumbies have secured Peter Hewat.

Brumbies coach Jake White said that he wanted Larkham to come out of retirement after Christian Lealiifano broke his ankle and ended his season.

White was also considering Matt Giteau and Peter Hewat and eventually after Larkham ruled out a return White secured Hewat on a short-term deal.

Rugby World Cup winner Larkham said that he was reluctant and unsure if he could physically cope with the increased Super Rugby tempo and physicality.

“I think as a past player you always think about getting out there again,” Larkham told The Canberra Times.

“You love the game and do miss that aspect, but it’s about being realistic and doing what’s best for the team.

“I’m sure every player would love one more crack but we’ve got guys who are fit and training well.

“For me, my job is to get these guys better and I feel they’ve made a lot of progress this year.

“No (I didn’t contemplate it)’ it would be selfish, I might understand all the plays but actually getting out there and getting through two training sessions in a row would be difficult, I’m not conditioned.”

Hewat will join the Brumbies squad as a utility back and can play wing, fullback or flyhalf.

As first-choice playmakers Lealiifano and Matt Toomua are out for the rest of the season Hewat, Robbie Coleman and Zack Holmes are likely to wear the No.10 jersey.

“(Hewat) just brings maturity, he’s been playing good football at flyhalf and fullback and his game has sped up a little bit while he’s been playing in Japan” said Larkham.

“His reading of the game is outstanding and then you add to that he’s an exceptional goal-kicker.”

Hewat scored 365 points in his 27 Super Rugby games between 2005-2007.

“Zack played a couple of pre-season games for us at No.10 and he’s very quick and very powerful in attack,” Larkham said.

“He suits the style we play and is a courageous defender with a good kicking game.

“Robbie has come back from his injury and has a really good skill-set for No.10 ‘ he’s a great attacker, he throws himself in defence.”

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