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Brumbies

Brumbies
Brumbies Rugby logo.svg
UnionRugby Australia
Founded1996; 24 years ago (1996)
LocationCanberra, ACT, Australia
RegionAustralian Capital Territory, southern New South Wales
GIO Stadium (Capacity: 25,011)
Dan McKellar
Allan Alaalatoa
Super Rugby
Super Rugby AU
20201st (Australian Conference)
2nd (overall) (season abandoned)
Super Rugby AU
Champions
1st (overall)
Official website
www.brumbies.com.au

The Brumbies (for sponsorship reasons known as the Plus500 Brumbies and formerly known as the ACT Brumbies) is an Australian professional rugby union based in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), The team competes in Super Rugby and named for the wild horses which inhabit the capital's hinterland. The team represents the ACT, as well as the Far South Coast and Southern Inland regions of New South Wales (NSW).[1]

The Brumbies were formed in 1996 to provide a third Australian franchise for the newly formed Super 12 (now Super Rugby) competition. It was predicted that the Brumbies, made up of so-called 'reject' - players not wanted by the other two teams - would perform poorly.[2] Since then, they have enjoyed more success than all the other Australian teams combined, reaching seven finals and winning three. The Brumbies are traditionally known for their strong tactical kicking, set piece play, ball retention, and pressuring of opponents in their own half.[3] The Brumbies are one of only two Super Rugby teams to win 200 games.[4]

The Brumbies play in navy blue, white and gold kits. The team plays at GIO Stadium (formerly known as Bruce Stadium and Canberra Stadium) in Canberra, and are currently coached by Dan McKellar.

History

Early years of rugby in ACT

Rugby union football has a long history in the region around what is now Canberra. The British Isles opened their 1899 tour of Australia with a match in Goulburn. However, it was not until 1937 that the ACT Rugby Union (ACTRU) was finally established.[5]Lieutenant-Colonel H. C. H. Robertson was the first President of the ACTRU.[6]

The First Grade competition was started on 30 April 1938.[5] Four clubs playing in the inaugural season: University, Easts, the Royal Military College (RMC), and Norths.[7] There were strict eligibility rules for each of the four teams:[5]

Also in 1938, a representative ACT side faced off against the All Blacks, with Frank Hassett scoring the ACT's only try in a 5-56 loss.[9]

Five ACT players were chosen for New South Wales Country in their 1966 match against the British and Irish Lions at Manuka Oval:[10]

The first international victory for the ACT was in 1973, when they defeated Tonga 17-6 after trailing 0-3 at half time. The ACT team were praised for their hard work, stamina, and willingness to take shots at goal when they were on offer.[11] In 1978, the ACT defeated Wales, who were Five Nations champions at the time, with a late penalty goal to win 21-20 after trailing 6-16 at half time. Head coach Colin Maxwell explained that his team beat the best team in the world by being "the first team in Australia to take them on up the guts", with the ACT forwards starving the Welsh of possession and the team ensuring territorial advantage through pressure on the Welsh kickers.[12] Tactical kicking, ball retention, and pressuring opponents in their own half are still considered to be "The Brumbies' ... traditional strength[s]".[13]

The ACT adopted the name 'Kookaburras' in 1989.[14] The Kookaburras defeated the Waratahs 44-28 at Sydney's Concord Oval in 1994. The Waratahs team was filled with international representatives, which made made the Kookaburras win all the more impressive, and led the way for the ACT becoming a professional franchise. Concerns over player depth in the ACT were assuaged when the ACT reserve team beat the New South Wales reserve team.[15] ACT became Australia's third provincial team with the start of Super Rugby, known officially as the Brumbies.[16]

Super 12 era: 1996-2005

In the inaugural Super 12 season, under coach Rod Macqueen, the Brumbies finished fifth on the table after the regular season, narrowly missing out on a finals position. The following season was even more successful as the Brumbies entered the 1997 Super 12 Final, but lost to the Auckland Blues.[]

Eddie Jones took over as head coach in 1998, but the Brumbies fell to tenth place on the 1998 season ladder. However, the following season saw a big improvement, as they finished fifth for the second time in their Super rugby history, just missing out on the finals. In 2000, the Brumbies made it to the 2000 Super 12 Final for the second time, and were actually hosting it as well. They were however beaten by the Crusaders, losing 19 to 20.[]

In 2001 they backed up their good performance in 2000 to again enter the final, this time against the Sharks from Durban. The Brumbies won the match, and in doing so, became the first team outside of New Zealand to be crowned Super 12 champions (and the only such team in the Super 12 era; the Bulls of South Africa won the 2007 Super 14). That year the British Lions also came to Australia, and played a match against the Brumbies. The combined strength of four nations was pitted against the Brumbies Second XV with the tourists winning by just two points, 30 to 28.[]

David Nucifora took over as head coach at the Brumbies for the 2002 season. Under Nucifora the Brumbies entered their third Super 12 final in a row, again against the Crusaders who had defeated them in the 2000 final. The Crusaders won the match, 31 to 13. The following season, going for four straight final appearances, the Brumbies fell just short, being knocked out in the semi-finals by the Blues. They did however go on to beat Fiji and Tonga later that year.[]

In 2004 the Brumbies finished at the top of the Super 12 table, six points clear of the next best team. The Brumbies hosted the 2004 Super 12 Final as well, and were to face the Crusaders once again. Though this time, the Brumbies won, 47 to 38 in front of a record crowd at Canberra Stadium. During the off-season the ACT Rugby Union was renamed the ACT and Southern NSW Rugby Union, and the name of the team was changed to Brumbies Rugby.[]

Laurie Fisher took over as coach for the 2005 season. After an undefeated run in the early stages of the season, injuries began to mount up and the Brumbies eventually finished fifth, missing out on the finals. The following year the competition was expanded to the Super 14, introducing one new team from Australia and one new team from South Africa.[]

Super 14 era: 2006-2010

Brumbies vs Waratahs, April 2006

In 2006 the Brumbies finished sixth, missing out on the finals by 1 point, having never dropped out of the top four all season prior to the last round. Later that year the Brumbies played in the inaugural Australian Provincial Championship (APC). In their opening game they defeated the NSW Waratahs 14-13 at Viking Park. This win snapped a 3-game losing streak against their traditional rivals. They then went on to defeat the Western Force 25-10, again at Viking Park. Despite narrowly losing, 20-19, to the Queensland Reds on the road in Brisbane, the Brumbies won the right to face the Reds in the final back in Viking Park. They won this more comfortably, 42-17, securing the inaugural APC.[]

The side failed to make the playoffs at all during Super 14, though they never finished lower than ninth.

Super Rugby era: 2011-present

After a succession of coaches over the same period, including Laurie Fisher, Andy Friend and Tony Rea, former South Africa coach Jake White took over as coach of the side in April 2011, signing a four-year deal with the club.[17] However, he was granted a release from his contract in September 2013, with two years left on his four-year contract.[18]

In 2012, the Brumbies became the first Australian Super Rugby team to host an international fixture against a touring side. On 12 June, the Brumbies played Wales at Canberra Stadium while Wales was on their 2012 Summer tour. Wales won 25-15.

The Brumbies returned to form in the 2012, finishing second in the Australian conference, and seventh in the overall standings, narrowly missing the final-six and a place in the quarter finals.

In 2013, the Brumbies and the other Australian super rugby teams played the British and Irish Lions as part of the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia. The Brumbies earned a hard-fought 14-12 victory, the first defeat of the Lions on their tour.[19]

The Brumbies continued their strong performances in 2013 by finishing first in the Australian conference and 3rd on the ladder to make their first finals appearance since they won the Super title in 2004. After defeating the Cheetahs in a close home final 15 - 13, the Brumbies travelled to Pretoria to face the Bulls and again achieved victory, 23-26. The team had to travel from South Africa to New Zealand to meet the Waikato Chiefs for the championship final the following week, and the Chiefs proved to be too strong, winning the final 27-22.

Following the end of the Super Rugby season the Brumbies sent a squad captained by Robbie Coleman to the invitational World Club 7s in England. The Brumbies won the series, defeating the Auckland Blues 17-14 in the final. Henry Speight was named the player of the tournament.[20]

During the 2017 Super Rugby season, the Brumbies were one of three Australian franchises threatened with contraction when the Australian Rugby Union prevailed upon competition organiser SANZAAR to reduce the number of Australian sides in the competition from five to four after that season. The ARU later announced that the Brumbies would remain in the competition.[21]

Colours and name

Brumbies and Southern Inland Rugby Union office in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.
ACT Brumbies logo, used between 1996 and 2004.

The Brumbies traditional colours are navy blue, white and gold. Their primary jersey is navy with gold trim, with navy shorts and socks. The alternate jersey is gold and yellow, generally worn for away matches. The Brumbies also have a traditional jersey which is used for games against fellow Australian Super 12 foundation teams NSW and Queensland, which reflects the original home jersey worn between 1996 and 2005. This features a navy 'saddle' across the shoulders and white below chest level, with gold trim.[] The primary jersey sponsor is the Plus500.[22]

The team is named after the feral horses which inhabit Canberra's hinterland. The Brumbies mascot is Brumby Jack. The Brumbies were originally known as the ACT Brumbies when they were accepted into the Super 12 for its inaugural season in 1996. Shortly after the 2004 season, two regional governing bodies in New South Wales - Far South Coast Rugby Union and Southern Inland Rugby Union, joined the ACT Rugby Union, which then renamed itself the ACT and Southern NSW Rugby Union.[23] The team adopted a new name and logo for the 2005 season, dropping the "ACT" to become known simply as "The Brumbies". The name change identified that the team represented an area much larger than the Australian Capital Territory - with "Brumbies Territory" incorporating a number of regions through southern New South Wales including the Riverina, Shoalhaven, and Southern Highlands as well as the Sunraysia region incorporating parts of Victoria.[24]

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Period Kit manufacturer Major Sponsor Other Sponsors Shorts Sponsor
1996 Classic [25] Canberra Milk [25] n/a n/a
1997-1998 CA
1999-2000 Canterbury [26]   CA [26] n/a
2001-2002 AAMI [27]
2003   n/a [28]
2004   CA [29] Liberty Financial [30]
2005 Liberty Financial
2006 ISC [31]
2007-2009 DHL [32] Navy [33]
2010-2011 Kooga [34] SG Fleet
2012 University of Canberra [35] DHL, SG Fleet [34] All Homes [34]
2013 BLK [35] Land Rover,[36] SG Fleet
2014 Classic [37]
2015 Aquis Group [38]
2016 Canberra Milk[39]
2017 Plus500 [40] Aquis Group, Land Rover [37] Aquis Group
2018 Austbrokers [41]
2019 O'Neills Civium [42]
2020 Land Rover, SG Fleet, Poplars Vodafone[43]

Stadium

Canberra Stadium, the home of the Brumbies

The Brumbies play all their home fixtures at GIO Stadium, located adjacent to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. They share the ground with the Canberra Raiders rugby league team. Also, the Canberra Vikings, the Brumbies' affiliate in the short-lived Australian Rugby Championship, played one of their four regular-season home matches there. In 2003 matches from the 2003 Rugby World Cup were played at the stadium. Capacity is a nominal all-seated 25,011, however the largest crowd is actually 28,753, which was for the 2004 Super 12 Final. The Brumbies team did not use Canberra Stadium for their post-season APC games, instead taking their home fixtures to Canberra's Viking Park, which has a smaller capacity.

Rivalries

New South Wales Waratahs

The Brumbies have traditionally had a fierce rivalry with the NSW Waratahs. Ascendency in the rivalry is now formally recognised by holding the Dan Vickerman Cup.[44]

In July 1994, before the formation of the Brumbies, the Canberra Kookaburras defeated the Waratahs 44-28 at Concord Oval in Sydney.[45] The 1994 Waratahs side was otherwise unbeaten, but had missed an opportunity to compete for the 1994 Super 10 title due to a refusal to tour Apartheid South Africa.[46] As a result, the Brumbies were the only team to beat the 1994 Waratahs.

The original Brumbies team was primarily made of players from the 1994 Kookaburras game, Waratahs 'rejects', and Queenslanders: all groups with reasons to dislike the Waratahs.[45]Brisbane-born Brumby Troy Coker summed it up with "There was this entitlement thing around NSW rugby that the Canberra boys had a real distaste for."[45] Ironically, despite being a team of 'rejects', the Brumbies have been the most successful Australian team in all competitions in the Super Rugby era.

Traditionally, the ACT-NSW rivalry was dominated by home victories (The only Brumbies away loss in the 2000 Season was against the Waratahs), with only two away victories in the Super 12 era, and none in the Super 14 era. The first away win in the rivalry came in the 2002 Semi Final, which the Brumbies won 51-10 at Sydney Football Stadium. The Waratahs won the first regular season away game in 2005. Dan Vickerman played for the winning team in both victories.

Since 2011, home dominance is no longer as significant: the first clash in the Super 15 era saw the Waratahs win 29-22 at Canberra Stadium, with the Brumbies getting revenge the following year with a 19-15 victory at Allianz Stadium. Between the round 12 clash in 2015 and the round 17 clash in 2019, the homes team lost six of the seven games.

The Waratahs got revenge for the 2002 Semi Final in the 2014 Semi Final, which they won 26-8. In the absence of Dave Dennis, their regular captain, the Waratahs were captained by Michael Hooper, who was named the Brumbies' best forward only two years earlier.[47]

Brumbies fans took a lot of joy from beating the Waratahs 40-31 in the final round of 2018, as this prevented the Waratahs from finishing 2nd on the overall table. Daryl Gibson, head coach of the Waratahs, exclaimed that his side "was not focused on the job at hand, and getting ahead of itself in terms of already being in next week".[48] Brumbies fans got additional joy from Gibson's post-match press conference, where he (incorrectly) claimed that the result did not affect the Waratahs' playoffs picture.[49]

Canterbury Crusaders

The Brumbies also have a rivalry with the Crusaders.

Between 1997 and 2006, every Grand Final included at least one of the Brumbies or the Crusaders.[50] The two sides have met in three grand finals:

Former players and pundits likened the intensity of the clashes in the Super 12 and Super 14 era to Test match rugby, saying "It was basically the Wallabies v the All Blacks" and "Every time they met it was just great running rugby".[51]

In common with the Waratahs rivalry, the away side rarely won in encounters during the Super 12 and Super 14 era. The Brumbies are the only team to have scored 50 points against the Crusaders (when they beat them in 2001), and have recorded the highest ever score in a grand final against them (47 points in the 2004 final). However, at the beginning of the 2020 season, the Brumbies had last beaten the Crusaders in 2009, with an aggregate score of 148-313 over the following decade, and only taking only two out of a maximum forty-five competition points from games against the Crusaders. Fans of other Australian provincial teams are loath to bring up this record: while the Brumbies are on a streak of nine losses against the Crusaders, both the Reds and Waratahs have previously lost eleven straight games against the Crusaders. Fans of the Blues are also loathe to mention the record, as they are currently on a ten-game losing streak against the Crusaders, despite (or perhaps because of) the competition structure having them play each other twice per season.

Despite this, the Brumbies remain one of few sides to have a (relatively) competitive win/loss record against the Crusaders. At the end of the Super 14 era, the Brumbies' record against the Crusaders was eight wins in eighteen games (44%). At the start of the 2020 Super Rugby season, that record was eight wins in twenty-six games (31%). At that time, only four other teams have a win record above 30% against the Crusaders: The Hurricanes (12/37, or 32%), the Blues (11/33, or 33%), the Bulls (10/27, or 37%), and the Chiefs (14/35, or 40%).

Queensland Reds

The 2020 Super Rugby AU final was contested by the Brumbies and the Reds, with the Brumbies winning 28-23. The Reds only won one game between these teams in the first fifteen years of Super Rugby. Since 2015, neither side has lost at home.

The four years that Ewen McKenzie, who played for the Brumbies in Super 12, was coach of the Reds was the high water mark of the interstate rivalry. In 2010, 2012, and 2013, the Rod Macqueen Cup games decided whether either the Brumbies or the Reds made the playoff. In 2010, the Rod Macqueen Cup game was the difference between the Reds finishing 4th (in the playoffs) and 5th (not in the playoffs). In 2012 and 2013, if the losing team had won just one of the Rod Macqueen Cup games, they would have won the conference ahead of the other.

Development teams

The Australian Capital Territory's two elite development squads just below full-time professional level are the Brumbies A and ACT Under 19 teams. These teams are closely aligned with the Brumbies and train at the same venue used by the Super Rugby squad. Many Brumbies players not involved in international rugby play for Canberra's team in the National Rugby Championship which also draws from the elite development squads. - See: Canberra Vikings

Brumbies A

The Brumbies A team plays matches against interstate and international representative teams, and has also competed in tournaments such as the Pacific Rugby Cup. Known by various names including ACT A, ACT XV, Brumbies A, and Brumby Runners, the team is selected from the best emerging rugby talent in the ACT and Southern NSW. The squad is composed of Brumbies contracted players, extended training squad members, ACT Under 19s, and selected Premier Division club players.[52]

Under 19

The Brumbies under 19 side plays in the URC competition. ACT teams played in the Southern States Tournament up until 2015 and also played occasional matches against other representative sides such as Pacific Rugby Cup teams. Prior to 2008, state colts teams at under 21 and under 21 age levels were fielded in national competitions. In 2018, an under 19 age limit was reinstated for the colts teams.

Honours

Super Rugby

  • Champions (3)

2001, 2004, 2020

  • Runners-up (4)

1997, 2000, 2002, 2013

  • Australian Conference Champions (4)

2013, 2016, 2017, 2019

Australian Provincial Championship

  • Champions (1)

2006

World Club Sevens

  • Champions: (1)

2013

World Club Tens

  • Runners-up: (2)

2014, 2016

Season standings

Super 12 Super 14 Super Rugby Super Rugby AU
Season Final Position Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points +/- Bonus Points Try Bonus Points Loss Bonus Points Total Points Finals Notes
1996 5th 11 7 0 4 306 273 +33 4 4 0 32
1997 2nd 11 8 0 3 406 291 +115 9 9 0 41 Lost final to Blues
1998 10th 11 3 0 8 248 364 -166 6 4 2 18
1999 5th 11 5 0 6 278 195 +83 8 3 5 28
2000 1st 11 9 0 2 393 196 +197 9 7 2 45 Lost final to Crusaders
2001 1st 11 8 0 3 348 204 +144 8 6 2 40 Defeated Sharks in final
2002 3rd 11 7 0 4 374 230 +144 10 7 3 38 Lost final to Crusaders
2003 4th 11 6 0 5 358 313 +45 7 5 2 31 Lost semi-final to Blues
2004 1st 11 8 0 3 408 269 +139 8 8 0 40 Defeated Crusaders in final
2005 5th 11 5 1 5 260 266 -6 7 5 2 29
2006 6th 13 8 1 4 326 269 +57 4 3 1 38
2007 5th 13 9 0 4 234 173 +61 4 2 2 40
2008 9th 13 6 0 7 277 317 -40 6 4 2 30
2009 7th 13 8 0 5 311 305 +6 6 5 1 38
2010 6th 13 8 0 5 358 291 +67 5 3 2 37
2011 13th 16 4 1 11 314 437 -123 7 3 4 33
2012 7th 16 10 0 6 404 331 +73 10 5 5 58
2013 3rd 16 10 2 4 430 295 +135 8 5 3 60 Lost final to Chiefs
2014 4th 16 10 0 6 412 378 +34 5 4 1 45 Lost semi final to Waratahs
2015 6th 16 9 0 7 369 261 +108 11 6 5 47 Lost semi final to Hurricanes
2016 4th 15 10 0 5 425 326 +99 3 3 0 43 Lost quarterfinal to Highlanders
2017 4th 15 6 0 9 315 279 +36 10 3 7 34 Lost quarterfinal to Hurricanes
2018 10th 16 7 0 9 393 422 -29 6 2 4 34
2019 3rd 16 10 0 6 430 366 +64 8 5 3 48 Lost semifinal to Jaguares
2020 N/A 6 5 0 1 208 115 +93 3 2 1 23 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020 1st 8 6 0 2 189 147 +42 4 4 0 28 Defeated Reds in final

Current squad

The Brumbies squad for the 2020 season:[53][a][b][c]

Brumbies Super Rugby squad

Props

Hookers

Locks

Loose forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

Centres

Wings

Fullbacks

(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped, DEV denotes a development squad player, ST denotes a short-term signing, SRAU denotes a signing for the Super Rugby AU competition.
  1. ^ Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin was originally named in the Brumbies squad, but subsequently ruled out for the 2020 season in January 2020.[54]
  2. ^ a b Hyne was not originally named in the Brumbies squad, but subsequently named in the squad for the Super Rugby AU competition.[55]
  3. ^ a b White was not originally named in the Brumbies squad, but subsequently named in the squad for Round 8 of the Super Rugby AU competition.[56]

Former Captains

At the start of the 2020 Super Rugby season, there were sixteen former Brumbies captains:[57]

Ben Mowen has captained the side on 51 occasions, more than any other Brumbies captain. He was Captain for every game in his Brumbies career, and only missed two games in that period: against the Lions in 2012, and against the Rebels in 2013.

Nic White became the youngest Captain in Brumbies history when he captained the side against the Rebels on June 7, 2013. He was 22 years and 359 days old at the time.[58]

There are more caps as Captain than there are Brumbies games. This is due to the Brumbies adopting the co-Captaincy model between 2016 and 2018.[59][60]

Captains in non-Super Rugby games

The Brumbies only recognise players who have captained the team in Super Rugby games as proper Captains. Despite players like Jim Williams,[61]Ben Hand,[62]Peter Kimlin,[63]Jordan Smiler,[64] and Josh Mann-Rea[65] captaining the team against prestigious opponents (such as the British and Irish Lions and Wales), the Brumbies never include these players in their official publications as ex-Captains.

Furthermore, the Brumbies do not count non-Super Rugby games as captaincy caps for Super Rugby Captains. David Pocock captained the side against the Highlanders in a 2014 pre-season game[66] and a 2015 pre-season game,[67] though he only became a 'full' captain when he led the side against the Reds in 2015.[68] Likewise, Sam Carter captained the side against the Waratahs in Wagga Wagga,[69] but only became a 'full' captain in 2017.[70]Christian Lealiifano captained the side against Suntory in 2018, though this does not count as a captaincy cap.[71]

Notable players

All Time Brumbies XV

During the gap between Super Rugby 2020 and the 2020 domestic competition, the Brumbies ran a fan poll to select an All Time Brumbies XV.

All Time Brumbies XV
Position Nominations First Round Result Final Result
Looshead Prop Bill Young v Scott Sio
Ben Alexander v Patricio Noriega
Scott Sio (67%)[72]
Ben Alexander (67%)[73]
Scott Sio (51%)[74]
Hooker Jeremy Paul v Josh Mann-Rea
Marco Caputo v Stephen Moore
Jeremy Paul (84%)[75]
Stephen Moore (85%)[76]
Jeremy Paul (62%)[77]
Tighthead Prop Ben Darwin v Nic Henderson
Guy Shepherdson v Allan Alaalatoa
Ben Darwin (73%)[78]
Allan Alaalatoa (88%)[79]
Allan Alaalatoa (71%)[80]
Lock (bracket 1) Rory Arnold v Mark Chisholm
David Giffin v John Langford
Rory Arnold (64%)[81]
David Giffin (77%)[82]
Rory Arnold (57%)[83]
Lock (bracket 2) Radike Samo v Dan Vickerman
Justin Harrison v Sam Carter
Radike Samo (59%)[84]
Justin Harrison (65%)[85]
Radike Samo (60%)[86]
Blindside Flanker Scott Fardy v Peter Kimlin
Owen Finegan v Peter Ryan
Scott Fardy (90%)[87]
Owen Finegan (93%)[88]
Owen Finegan (56%)[89]
Openside Flanker George Smith v Brett Robinson
Ipo Fenukitau v David Pocock
George Smith (96%)[90]
David Pocock (86%)[91]
George Smith (74%)[92]
Number 8 Ben Mowen v Scott Fava
Jim Williams v Stephen Hoiles
Ben Mowen (72%)[93]
Jim Williams (62%)[94]
Ben Mowen (56%)[95]
Scrumhalf George Gregan v Joe Powell
Nic White v Tomas Cubelli
George Gregan (95%)[96]
Nic White (82%)[97]
George Gregan (92%)[98]
Flyhalf Matt Toomua v David Knox
Stephen Larkham v Julian Huxley
Matt Toomua (74%)[99]
Stephen Larkham (97%)[100]
Stephen Larkham (94%)[101]
Inside Centre Pat McCabe v Matt Giteau
Christian Lealiifano v Rod Kafer
Matt Giteau (88%)[102]
Christian Lealiifano (83%)[103]
Matt Giteau (64%)[104]
Outside Centre Stirling Mortlock v Joel Wilson
James Holbeck v Tevita Kuridrani
Stirling Mortlock (97%)[105]
Tevita Kuridrani (92%)[106]
Stirling Mortlock (75%)[107]
Winger (bracker 1) Henry Speight v Graeme Bond
Joe Tomane v Mark Gerrard
Henry Speight (92%)[108]
Mark Gerrard (72%)[109]
Henry Speight (57%)[110]
Winger (bracker 2) Clyde Rathbone v Adam Ashley-Cooper
Joe Roff v Mitch Hardy
Adam Ashley-Cooper (55%)[111]
Joe Roff (97%)[112]
Joe Roff (73%)[113]
Fullback Jesse Mogg v Tom Banks
Andrew Walker v Mark Bartholomeusz
Tom Banks (58%)[114]
Andrew Walker (94%)[115]
Andrew Walker (74%)[116]
Coach Jake White v Eddie Jones
Rod Macqueen v David Nucifora
Eddie Jones (78%)[117]
Rod Macqueen (77%)[118]
Eddie Jones (61%)[119]

Players in bold are still playing for the Brumbies.

The Brumbies subsequently named a list of bench players for the All Time Brumbies XV:[120]

Thirty for Thirty

In the lead up to the 2018 Super Rugby season, the Brumbies announced a list of thirty players who were considered the best to play for the Brumbies:

  1. David Giffin[121]
  2. Owen Finegan[122]
  3. George Gregan[123]
  4. Joe Roff[124]
  5. Stephen Larkham[125]
  6. Rod Kafer[126]
  7. James Holbeck[127]
  8. Justin Harrison[128]
  9. Stirling Mortlock[129]
  10. Mark Bartholomeusz[130]
  11. Jeremy Paul[131]
  12. Bill Young[132]
  13. Jim Williams[133]
  14. Andrew Walker[134]
  15. George Smith[135]
  16. Radike Samo[136]
  17. Dan Vickerman[137]
  18. Joel Wilson[138]
  19. Matt Giteau[139]
  20. Mark Chisholm[140]
  21. Adam Ashley-Cooper[141]
  22. Christian Lealiifano[142]
  23. Ben Alexander[143]
  24. Matt Toomua[144]
  25. Stephen Moore[145]
  26. Pat McCabe[146]
  27. Henry Speight[147]
  28. Scott Fardy[148]
  29. Tevita Kuridrani[149]
  30. David Pocock[150]

Players in bold are still playing for the Brumbies.
Players in italics were still playing for the Brumbies when named to the Thirty for Thirty.

List of individual accolades

Several Brumbies players have gone on to achieve greater recognition in the Rugby community, achieving such things as:

100 Club

Note: Accurate as of 30 January 2020. Players in Bold are still playing for the Brumbies. Players in Bolded Italics are still playing Super Rugby.

Coaches

Brumbies Super Rugby Coaches
Coach Tenure Games Wins Losses Draws Win % Finals Appearances Titles
Rod McQueen 1996-1997 24 16 8 0 67% 1997 None
Eddie Jones 1998-2001 48 28 20 0 58% 2000, 2001 2001
David Nucifora 2002-2004 38 24 14 0 63% 2002, 2003, 2004 2004
Laurie Fisher 2005-2008, 2014 68 38 28 2 56% 2014 None
Andy Friend 2009-2011 28 17 11 0 61% None None
Tony Rea 2011 14 3 11 0 21% None None
Jake White 2012-2013 35 22 11 2 63% 2013 None
Stephen Larkham 2014-2017 68 37 31 0 52% 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 None
Dan McKellar 2018-Present 50 31 19 0 62% 2019, 2020 2020

As of 20 September 2020.

Team records

  • Individual records sourced fron 2020 Brumbies Official Sourcebook.
  • Team records sourced from SAANZAR Results records.

Individual Records

As of 20 September 2020.
Players in bold currently play for the Brumbies.

Individuals who have scored 150 points in their Brumbies Career
Player Points Scored Games Played Points per Game
Stirling Mortlock 1019 117 8.7
Christian Lealiifano 958 150 6.4
Joe Roff 588 86 6.8
Matt Giteau 458 67 6.8
Mark Gerrard 306 78 3.9
Andrew Walker 246 47 5.2
David Knox 242 35 6.9
Henry Speight 230 122 1.9
Stephen Larkham 226 127 1.8
Wharenui Hawera 190 36 5.3
Nic White 162 72 2.3
Individuals who have scored 25 tries in their Brumbies Career
Player Tries Scored Games Played Tries per Game
Joe Roff 57 86 0.66
Stirling Mortlock 53 117 0.45
Henry Speight 46 122 0.37
Stephen Larkham 33 127 0.26
Andrew Walker 31 47 0.66
Owen Finegan 29 90 0.32
Tevita Kuridrani 28 136 0.21
Mark Gerrard 27 78 0.35
Folau Fainga'a 26 42 0.62
Tom Banks 25 58 0.43
Joe Tomane 25 68 0.37
Individuals who have scored 150 points in a season
Player Points Scored Season
Christian Lealiifano 231 2013
Stirling Mortlock 194 2000
Joe Roff 182 2004
Matt Giteau 171 2011
Christian Lealiifano 170 2015
Christian Lealiifano 163 2016
Individuals who have scored 10 tries in a season
Player Tries Scored Season
Joe Roff 15 1997
Andrew Walker 13 2000
Folau Fainga'a 12 2019
Stirling Mortlock 10 2004
Mark Gerrard 10 2004
Individuals who have scored 20 points in a game
Player Points Scored Tries Scored Conversions Scored Penalties Scored Drop Goals Scored Game
Stirling Mortlock 25 1 4 4 0 2001 v Stormers
Joe Roff 25 1 7 2 0 2003 v Chiefs
Mark Gerrard 25 2 3 3 0 2006 v Sharks
Stirling Mortlock 24 1 8 1 0 2000 v Cats
Matt Giteau 24 2 4 2 0 2005 v Cats
Stirling Mortlock 23 3 4 0 0 2002 v Bulls
Stirling Mortlock 23 1 3 4 0 2000 v Reds
Stirling Mortlock 23 3 4 0 0 2002 v Bulls
Joe Roff 22 2 3 2 0 1999 v Bulls
Joe Roff 22 0 2 5 1 2003 v Cats
Joe Roff 22 2 6 0 0 2004 Final v Crusaders
Zack Holmes 22 1 4 3 0 2012 v Hurricanes
Christian Lealiifano 22 1 1 5 0 2013 Final v Chiefs
David Knox 21 0 6 3 0 1996 v Highlanders
Stirling Mortlock 21 0 3 5 0 2000 v Hurricanes
Andrew Walker 21 0 3 5 0 2001 Final v Sharks
Joe Roff 21 1 5 2 0 2004 v Reds
Joe Roff 20 4 0 0 0 1996 v Sharks
David Knox 20 0 4 4 0 1997 v Cheetahs
Stirling Mortlock 20 1 6 1 0 2000 v Chiefs
Andrew Walker 20 1 3 3 0 2002 v Blues
Joe Roff 20 1 6 1 0 2004 v Highlanders
Christian Lealiifano 20 0 1 6 0 2013 v Hurricanes

Team Records

As of 20 September 2020. Note: this section excludes the Southern Kings, who have played two games against the Brumbies: a 28-all draw in Canberra in 2013, and a 19-10 Brumbies win in Port Elizabeth in 2017. The Southern Kings were removed from Super Rugby at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

Women's team

The Brumbies women's team competes in the Super W, after it was announced that a 15-a-side Australian women's rugby competition was to be played from 2018 and beyond.[183]

On 24 January 2020, the squad for the 2020 season was announced.[184]

Brumbies Super W squad

Props

  • Australia Louise Burrows
  • Australia Peta Cox
  • Australia Krystal Fyfe
  • Australia Paige Penning
  • Australia Iris Verebalavu

Hookers

  • Australia Harriet Elleman
  • Australia Tania Ofamasaga

Locks

  • Australia Grace Kemp
  • Australia Michaele Leonard (cc)
  • Australia Emily Sogal
  • Australia Rebecca Smyth
  • Australia Grace Sullivan
  • Australia Zali Waihape-Andrews

Loose Forwards

  • Ireland Ellie Brislane
  • Australia Emma Masi
  • Australia Niki Paterson
  • Australia Pearl Rakete
  • Australia Tayla Stanford

Scrum-halves

  • Australia Jane Garraway (cc)
  • Australia Phoebe Loughhead

Fly-halves

  • Australia Claudia Obst
  • Australia Caitlin Quester
  • Australia Ainsley Scrivener

Centres

  • Australia Pesi Palu
  • Australia Ella Ryan

Wingers

  • Australia Biola Dawa
  • Australia Gabrielle Peterson
  • Australia Darcy Read
  • Australia Talei Wilson

Fullbacks

  • Australia Sammie Wood

Unknown

  • Australia Kathryn Cudaj
  • Australia Ash Fernandez
  • Australia Allyssa Lolesio-Pua
  • Australia Jasmine Veikune
(cc) Denotes team co-captains, Bold denotes internationally capped and ST indicated short-term cover.

Season standings

Super W

Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/- BP Pts Play-offs
2019 3rd 4 2 0 2 86 50 +36 1 9 Lost to Queensland in playoff
2018 4th 4 1 0 3 57 103 -46 1 5 Did not compete

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