Last Wednesday the Brumbies hosted a dinner in Bungendore for the Monaro and South Coast rugby union sides.
The Monaro/South Coast competition, managed by the Brumbies, covers a huge part of Southern NSW from Boorowa in the east, Taralga in the north, Jindabyne in the south and east through Braidwood to Milton on the South Coast.
The Brumbies are well aware of the rugby talent produced not only in the ACT but specifically the Southern NSW regional areas. We just have to look at Lewis Holland, captain of the Australian 7s team.
The Brumbies strive to ensure that their overall squad of 30 players is constantly made up of 33pc locally grown talent, which has been achieved over the last few seasons.
The Brumbies have been under the spotlight over the last few months as one of the Super Australian Rugby franchises in consideration to be cut from the Super Rugby competition, reaching the finals on multiple occasions and producing more Wallabies than any other Australian Super Rugby franchise.
Many of these Wallabies have been local players, hail from the powerhouse states of NSW and Queensland and have ventured to the region for representative opportunities. The Brumbies officially advised that they are safe from expulsion.
With the re-emergence of the Braidwood Redbacks this season and the creation of the Braidwood Black Widows, the Brumbies are offering support to help ensure the long-term viability of the club and giving current and prospective players every opportunity to enter the representative rugby scene through club, district, Brumbies and of course the Wallabies and Wallaroos.
As part of the dinner, departing Brumbies coach (and one of the most famous locally bred Brumbies and Wallaby) Stephen Larkham talked about the season that has been with incoming Brumbies coach Dan McKellar laying out the plan for the new season which includes the return of Davis Pocock (who has knocked back a generous offer from the Redbacks to reconnect with the Brumbies next season).
Brumbies CEO Michael Thomson confirmed the club’s commitment to country Rugby Union which would be led by Craig Leseberg, the general manager of Community Rugby.
The Braidwood Redbacks look forward to this commitment by the Brumbies in helping sustain our South Coast Monaro rugby competition, which will surely become a prime breeding ground.