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Brumbies aiming to start Super Rugby at pace

Brumbies coach Jake White wants his players to make a fast start in 2013

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Article Published: Monday 7 January 2013|

Brumbies coach Jake White says that he will field his best players in both of their pre-Super Rugby season matches against the Western Force and an ACT XV in Canberra.

The Brumbies made a fast start in Jake White's first season in charge but with a place in the play offs in sight they lost their final home match to the struggling Blues and allowed the Reds to overtake them.

Coach White has made no secret of his ambitions for the team this season and wants to emulate the same fast start but also wants to ensure that there is no fade as the Semi-finals approach.

The Brumbies start their Super Rugby season with matches against Reds and Melbourne Rebels before a third round bye and then a match against the Waratahs.

White wants to hit the ground running and deliver a hefty blow to the Brumbies conference rivals.

"It's already made up in my head. I know what we're looking for and I've already explained that to the players," White told AAP of his selections for the Canberra franchise.

"In the first month we've got the opportunity to head the conference again and that means that we've got to put the best side together on the field.

"There's no time to swap jumpers ... we might as well get started and get the team that we think is going to start (the competition) playing as much as possible between now and the first round."

Brumbies captain Ben Mowen said their final round loss to the Blues in Canberra still "stings" but said that they would use it for motivation.

"It's spoken about a lot because it was at such an important stage of the year," he said.

"That's going to be a loss that we can refer to to make sure our attitude is right because any time our standards slip we know we don't get the result we're after."

The Brumbies have a number of new recruits including Wallabies flanker and captain David Pocock so they have no hope of flying under the radar in 2013.

"We're very comfortable with that," Mowen said.

"We don't want to be the side that rattles a few cages. We want to be the side that's pushing for the finals and for that top spot."

White said that centre Pat McCabe who fractured his neck playing for the Wallabies in Europe as well as veteran winger Clyde Rathbone (ankle) are both possibilities to feature in the opening Super Rugby round.

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