Brumbies appoint their Friend as Coach


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Andy Friend has been appointed Head Coach of the CA Brumbies for the next three seasons (2009-2011).

The former ACT fullback and technical adviser to the Wallabies is currently Head Coach of the English Premiership club, Harlequins.

Friend says he’s delighted to be returning home to Canberra.

‘The CA Brumbies are one of the great teams of world rugby and to be given the opportunity to be head coach is a great honor,’ he said. ‘It’s a tremendous responsibility.


“My commitment to our many fans in Australia and around the world is to build on the strong foundations laid by Laurie Fisher and to ensure the Brumbies continue to play attacking, successful rugby.’

Friend says he’s impressed with the current team.

‘It’s a young team with plenty of talent,’ he said. ‘They’ve had to cope with the disruption of injury but they’re still in the race for the finals. I’m looking forward to working with the team for the next three seasons. There’s a lot to look forward to.’

Friend, prior to joining the London-based Harlequins, guided Japanese club Suntory to two premierships (2001, 2002) and held an advisory role with the Wallabies during the 2002 Tri Nations Series and 2003 Rugby World Cup.


He was also Assistant Coach for the Australian side that was runner up to South Africa in the 2005 IRB Under 21’s World Championships.

The former Canberra Grammar student and prolific point scorer represented Canberra club Royals and the ACT before a knee injury ended his career.

Friend’s appointment by the Brumbies Rugby board follows the unanimous recommendation of a selection panel made up of Brumbies Rugby CEO Andrew Fagan, CA Brumbies captain Stirling Mortlock and former CA Brumbies players and former heads of the Australian Rugby Union’s High Performance Unit, Brett Robinson and Pat Howard. CA Brumbies’ foundation coach Rod Macqueen also provided input to the process.

Fagan says Friend is a good fit for the CA Brumbies.

‘Andy is a quality coach and a quality person,’ he said. ‘He has an impressive record ‘ both locally and overseas ‘ and he has runs on the board across his coaching career. As a coach he’s shown a commitment to playing attacking rugby which has been a hallmark of the CA Brumbies in the side’s 13 years of Super Rugby.

‘We’ve been happy with how the process has run. It was thorough and transparent and attracted a high standard of applicants from Australia and abroad.

‘We’re appreciative of the contribution that Laurie Fisher and his coaching staff have made towards the development of the CA Brumbies over the past four years.

On behalf of the CA Brumbies’ Board and all of our supporters I’d like to thank Laurie, Matt O’Connor and Nick Scrivener for their efforts. They have guided the squad through a major transition ensuring that the team was always competitive and always pushing for a place in the finals.’

Friend will join the CA Brumbies at the end of the 2007/08 English Premiership season.

Andy Friend

Coaching Career:

1997-1999 NSW Waratahs Skills Coach
1999-2002 Suntory Coaching Coordinator
2002 Wallabies Skills Technical Advisor
2002-2003 NSW Waratahs Coaching Coordinator
2003 Wallabies Technique Consultant
2003-2004 NSW Waratahs Assistant Coach
2005 Australian Under 21s Assistant Coach
2005-2008 Harlequins Head Coach

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