Brumbies reveal new coaches
- 01 Nov 2013
Stephen Larkham and Laurie Fisher have been appointed as head coach and director of rugby respectively of the Brumbies for the next two seasons.
Larkham, who was the Brumbies kicking coach during Jake White's reign at the club, will now have greater authority over the weekly team selections and their overall playing style, while Fisher will handle the administration side of things on a daily basis and be in charge of recruitment.
Brumbies Chief Executive Andrew Fagan says the move was designed to get the most out of both coaches.
'This is an arrangement that draws on the strength of both coaches and we believe this structure will produce the best outcomes for the Brumbies moving forward. It's a win-win situation for us as a club. Both Laurie and Stephen are passionate about rugby in the ACT and have proven track records of consistent success with teams they are involved with,' said Fagan.
Fisher has been at the Brumbies for the last 15 years and said he looks forward to his new role.
'I'm excited by the opportunity to lead the Brumbies over the next two seasons. We have a motivated and hard working player group well supported by quality staff in all areas of the high performance program,' he said.
Larkham, a former Brumbies player himself who returned to the franchise in a coaching capacity three years ago, said: 'I'm very privileged and certainly very honoured to have been given this opportunity.'
"We have a great group of players at the moment and I'm looking forward to developing the team alongside Laurie, whom I have worked extremely well with over the last two years. This new structure allows us to continue to deliver our coaching on the field, whilst sharing responsibility off it,' he added.
The Brumbies coaching structure has been in limbo since White suddenly terminated his contract in September, citing 'personal reasons', just weeks after taking the team into the Super Rugby final. He has since been appointed director of rugby at the Sharks .
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