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Larkham focused on staying in Canberra



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Brumbies Super Rugby head coach Stephen Larkham says that he wants to stay in Canberra with the Brumbies for as long as he can.

Larkham is contracted to the Brumbies until the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season but there have been reports saying that he was considering his future in Canberra.

The Brumbies have been going through a boardroom battle off the field but now their standoff with CEO Michael Jones is over and everyone can re-focus on the game.

Larkham says that ideally he sees his future in Canberra.

“My focus in terms of all of this has been firmly on staying in Canberra,” he told The Age.

“I was born in Canberra, grew up in Canberra played for the Brumbies when they first stated and I still feel there’s work to be done here.”

Negotiations over extending his contract are ongoing but Larkham did not want to give an indication on the timeline for that to be completed but added that it should not affect the players.

Larkham was Wallabies attack coach for the Rugby World Cup and he is also considering if he wants to pursue a career at international level.

Brumbies co-captain Christian Lealiifano said that like the whole Canberra community the players want to keep Larkham at the Brumbies.

“He’s someone who everyone would ideally like to stick around and it’s his personal decision to be able to do that,” he said.

“He’s had a lot more external stuff to worry about as well (recently) and I think…he’s really selfless like that making sure the club’s in a good space before he’s worried about himself.

“Hopefully he can stay around but it’s not up to me. He’s a fantastic coach and he’s turning into an unbelievable coach.

“The more we can keep him around ,the better we’ll be.”

Lealiifano said that it’s not just the Brumbies that love Larkham and that he is also an influential figure in the wider Canberra community.

“He’s passionate about this club and organisation to take it forward,” he said on the ARU site.

“That’s why I think he’s so important and the community in Canberra love him and so do the players. The more we can keep him around the happier we’ll be .”

The Brumbies play the Bulls this weekend.

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