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Friend appointed new Brumbies coach

15/04/2008 04:00:47 PM Comments (0)

The ACT Brumbies have appointed Andy Friend as head coach for the next three Super 14 seasons.

The Australian coach of English premiership club Harlequins will take over from Laurie Fisher after this season, Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan said.

"Andy is an outstanding coach with a tremendous record internationally and we're privileged that he's accepted this role with the Brumbies as head coach," Fagan told reporters in Canberra.

"His focus is on very integrated organisation, it's on attacking football, it's on entertaining the fans and he's demonstrated that with the success that he's had with his team."

Fagan said that the club would hold talks with Fisher about a potential future with the Brumbies.

"Laurie will take some time to reflect and let this news sink in but we do want to speak with him about an ongoing role."

It has been suggested Fisher will remain at the Brumbies as a forwards coach.

Friend, a former assistant coach with the Brumbies and NSW Waratahs, said he's delighted to be returning home to Canberra.

"It's a tremendous responsibility," Friend said in a statement.

"My commitment to our many fans in Australia and around the world is to build on the strong foundations laid by Laurie Fisher and to ensure that the Brumbies continue to play attacking, successful rugby."

The Brumbies have struggled with injuries this season and are languishing in ninth position.

They are yet to play in the finals since Fisher took over from David Nucifora in 2005.

The Brumbies won their second Super title in 2004, Nucifora's last year in charge, when Fisher was forwards coach.

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