Fisher & Larkham take Brumby reins
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 07:09
This is an arrangement that draws on the strength of both coaches
One of the worst-kept secrets in Super Rugby has been confirmed - Laurie Fisher and Stephen Larkham will take over from Jake White at the Brumbies.
Fisher has been appointed the Brumbies' Director of Rugby, while Larkham is the franchise's head coach, under the new coaching framework announced on Friday.
Using a structure common to European franchises, both Fisher and Larkham take on new positions with the Brumbies for the next two seasons.
Fisher will control the Brumbies day-to-day operations with elements like staffing, elite and academy program development, talent pathways and training structures.
Widely regarded as one of Australia's best minds on the breakdown and general forwards play, Fisher will also maintain control of the forwards training, selections and recruitment.
Fisher has held various positions with the Brumbies over the last 15 years including head coach, forwards coach, academy coach, Brumby Runners (B-Team) coach and assistant coach.
Fisher said he was looking forward to the challenge.
"I'm excited by the opportunity to lead the Brumbies over the next two seasons," Fisher said.
"We have a motivated and hard working player group well supported by quality staff in all areas of the high performance program."
One of the Brumbies favourite sons, Larkham will continue his legacy at the franchise as head coach, having spent the last three seasons as the backs coach (2012-2013) and attack coach (2011).
As head coach Larkham will have greater input and involvement with the overall organisation of the team and play a bigger part in recruitment and weekly selections.
Having ticked every box as a world class No.10, there are few better qualified to run the Brumbies backs than Larkham.
Within his capacity as head coach, Larkham will maintain control of backline training and selections and have greater authority of the team's overall attacking philosophies.
"I'm very privileged and certainly very honoured to have been given this opportunity," Larkham said.
"We have a great group of players at the moment and I'm looking forward to developing the team alongside Laurie.
"Laurie and I have worked extremely well together over the last two years. This new structure allows us to continue to deliver our coaching on the field, whilst sharing responsibility off it."
Brumbies Chief Executive Andrew Fagan said 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," Fagan said.
"It's a win-win situation for us as a franchise. 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.
"On behalf of the franchise I'd like to congratulate both Laurie and Stephen on their appointments and I look forward to seeing a continuation of positive results from the Brumbies both on and off the field."
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