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Auelua: SuperRugby break is a 'blessing in disguise'

Fotu Auelua says that the June break came at the perfect time for them

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Article Published: Wednesday 12 June 2013|

Some Super Rugby fans might not like the break in June for the Internationals but Brumbies No.8 Fotu Auelua says it has come at the perfect time and is "blessing in disguise".

The Brumbies are using the four week break in the Super Rugby schedule to rest their bodies and recharge their bid for the title.

The Brumbies have one regular season match remaining in the Super Rugby fixture list as they play the Western Force on July the 13th.

However before they return to Super Rugby they have a fixture at Canberra Stadium on Tuesday next week against the British and Irish Lions.

Fotu Auelua (shoulder), Prop Dan Palmer (toe), winger Joe Tomane (foot), Nic White (shoulder) and George Smith (knee) are all in a race to be fit for their final Super Rugby match in July.

The Brumbies went into the June Super Rugby break on the back of three consecutive wins and have almost certainly sealed their place in the finals for the first time since 2004 as they need a losing bonus point to win the Australian Conference.

The June break gives some of their injured stars month away from the brutal contact of the game and time to heal their battered bodies.

"It's a blessing in disguise (to have the four-week break)," Auelua told the Canberra Times.

"This break is going to help us get our heads right and we can focus on our game. It's come at a perfect time. "

"We can get all these niggles out of the way and work on the things we need to so we can play against the Force."

On Thursday the Brumbies will return to training for their match against the Lions and coach Jake White is expected to name his strongest team.

No.8 Auelua says that he was shattered when he injured his shoulder and is devastated that he will have to watch the Lions play the Brumbies from the sideline.

"I was in a pretty deep hole for a week, but now I just need to keep focused on getting right," he said.

"But the Brumbies have the finals coming up and that's the most important thing.

"Hopefully in a couple of weeks I'll be back doing all the training with the team.

"We're in a good position to make our mark this year."

Two players who will definitely miss the play offs are David Pocock and Ruaidhri Murphy as they have both had knee reconstructions.

Pat McCabe and Andrew Smith has played little rugby this season but are both back in full training. McCabe is with the Wallabies but Smith has played three minutes since March.

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