Mortlock to return for 100th Brumbies cap


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Stirling Mortlock is set to make his 100th appearance for the Brumbies this weekend when he returns to take over the captaincy and goal-kicking playing at outside centre.

It will be a timely return for the Brumbies and he is hoping that his return will provide the momentum to make a run for the playoffs.

“Obviously, there is a big question mark over my match fitness,” said Mortlock, who is expected to start at outside centre against the Chiefs.

“There is a lot more ball in play (under the new laws) and quick tapping. The game has sped up considerably. I’ll be off the pace, but not too much I hope. ” he told the Australian.

“I’ve done a lot of work on my conditioning, but nothing really gets you fit like playing a match.”

Mortlock will become the sixth member of the Brumbies’ 100 game club, joining George Gregan, Stephen Larkham, Bill Young, Jeremy Paul and George Smith, who celebrated his milestone in the Brumbies’ win against the Cheetahs last month.

“It’s something you will look back on with pride when your career finishes, but it doesn’t mean too much in the scheme of things right now,” Mortlock said.

“I’ll take a win ahead of a milestone any day.”   

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