Mortlock to record a Stirling century


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CA Brumbies captain Stirling Mortlock will become the sixth CA Brumbies player to reach 100 Super Rugby matches when he leads his side against the Chiefs at Canberra Stadium on Friday night.

The 30-year-old joins former team mates George Gregan (136 matches), Stephen Larkham (116), Jeremy Paul (112) and Bill Young (100), and George Smith, who recorded his century against the Cheetahs a fortnight ago, to be included in the ‘100 Club’.

The CA Brumbies skipper reached his 99th cap against the Highlanders in the final round of 2007 but was forced to undergo surgery after dislocating his left shoulder in the Wallabies’ 32-20 Rugby World Cup win over Wales in Cardiff delaying his next Investec Super 14 appearance.

Mortlock, who made his Super 12 debut in 1998 during the CA Brumbies’ 32-7 loss to the Waratahs in Sydney, says he’s looking forward to returning to the field.

‘This match against the Chiefs was always identified as my comeback game, I’ve done the rehab and now I can’t wait to get out there,’ he said.

‘We’ve got a great young squad at the moment and the enthusiasm they bring to the squad is infectious. I feel very privileged to be able to work with these exceptional young players to help shape the future of the Brumbies.

‘I feel very fortunate to have been able to play at this level for so long. I’ve loved being part of the Brumbies and I’ve always enjoyed ‘ and will continue to enjoy ‘ playing my football here.

‘When you look at the guys who have played 100 games for the Brumbies, they stand out as some of the greatest players to ever play for the club and for the Wallabies, so to be considered in that company is a real honour.’

Mortlock, who re-signed with the CA Brumbies until the end of the 2010 season in February, took on the CA Brumbies’ captaincy during their Super 12-winning season in 2004.

He also holds the record as the CA Brumbies’ all-time highest point scorer with 825 points and remains the province’s second all-time try scorers list with 48 tries, nine behind Joe Roff’s 57 tries.

Mortlock marked his 50th Super Rugby cap with a three-try performance in the CA Brumbies’ 45-35 win over the Bulls in Pretoria in 2002.

Head Coach Laurie Fisher says Mortlock has been a key to the CA Brumbies backline.

‘We’re very pleased to have Stirling back in the squad,’ he said. ‘He’s been a very influential player in the success of the Brumbies over the past decade.

‘During his career, Stirling has developed into a world-class leader. He’s a player that other players listen to and he’s a player that inspires his team mates with his lead-by-example style of play.

‘He’s provided Brumbies supporters with some memorable moments over the past 11 years and I’d like to think they will get out to Canberra Stadium on Friday night and help celebrate this terrific achievement.’

Stirling Mortlock

Position: Outside Centre
Physical: 1.91m, 102kg
Born: 20.05.77, Sydney
Club: Gordon
Super 14 Caps: 99
Super 14 Points: 875 (48t, 127c, 127p)
Super 14 Debut: 1998 v Waratahs
Test Caps: 63
Test Points: 463 (25t, 61c, 71p)
Test Debut: 2000 v Argentina   


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