Brumbies commit to expansive, exciting game plan


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The CA Brumbies have committed to playing an expansive brand of running rugby through the Super 14 in 2009.

Despite finishing fifth on the team try-scoring list in 2008 with 36 tries ‘ behind the Crusaders (49 tries), Chiefs (44), Blues (41) and Hurricanes (40) ‘ the CA Brumbies will be looking to improve on their attacking record in 2009.

Brumbies Head Coach and Attack Coach Andy Friend says he is subscribing his side to a ‘lethal’ variety of attacking rugby.

‘Our goal is to play to our players’ strengths, have them back their skills and allow them to play some entertaining rugby,’ he said. ‘The Brumbies have a great reputation for playing an attractive, spectator-friendly style of football and we’re giving the players a license to thrill in ’09.

‘We’ve set ourselves some key goals in attack for next season ‘ we want to be a team that can score from anywhere on the park, we want to be physical and effective at the contest and we want to play a brand of effective football that’s attractive to watch and fun to play.

‘We’ve got some of the world’s best attacking players in guys like Stirling Mortlock, Clyde Rathbone, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Mark Gerrard, and we want to give these guys a chance to back themselves and give them every opportunity to show what they’ve got.’

Friend says his side is blessed with attacking prowess from ‘1’ to ’15’.

‘With everyone in the squad likely to be available from Week One [of the competition], we’re already ahead of where we were this time last year,’ he said. ‘We’ve also got guys like Christian Lealiifano and Matt Toomua who have a season of Super 14 under their belt and will play with increased confidence as a result.

‘We’re very fortunate that we’ll boast a number of world-class ball players across the side in 2009. While we’re renowned for the strike power in the backs, guys like George Smith, Stephen Hoiles, Stephen Moore, Mark Chisholm and Peter Kimlin will also be causing some headaches for opposition defensive lines.’

The Brumbies start their 2009 Investec Super 14 season in Dunedin against the Highlanders on Friday, 13 February before returning to Canberra Stadium to front the Crusaders on Saturday, 21 February.

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