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Brumbies look to start 'new campaign'

Adrian Warren 28/04/2011 04:39:46 PM Comments (0)

With World Cup-winning coach Jake White locked away for next season, the underachieving Brumbies are looking to start a "new campaign" against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Returning to action early on Saturday morning (AEST) following a bye, the Brumbies are determined to reinvigorate their fortunes.

They are third in the Australian conference and 10th overall, having won just two out of eight games and losing six of their last seven.

The Brumbies will be bolstered this week by the return from injury of Wallabies hookers Stephen Moore and Huia Edmonds and back rower Mitchell Chapman.

They also received good off-field news with 2007 Springboks World-Cup winning coach White signing on for four seasons starting in 2012.

He replaces incumbent Tony Rea, who was installed in place of Andy Friend after he parted company with the Brumbies after round two.

"With Jake being South African, it's generated some interest over here for sure, but as far as the playing group goes, we're very much focused on what's left of this year," Moore told AAP from South Africa.

"The one positive at this stage for us is that it gives a bit of certainty around things, particularly with our recruitment and retention going forward.

"As far as the club is concerned, it's a good thing to have squared away for those reasons.

"From the playing group, we can just knuckle down now and hopefully play some good rugby this weekend and into the rest of the season.

"It was a good time for us to have a bye and try and start a new campaign.

"We want to put that behind us, that disappointing run we've had.

"We've travelled over here and spent a lot of time together as a group over the last week and I think that's really good for us.

"The guys have trained exceptionally well this week and we're really looking forward and I think everyone is excited to get stuck in."

While the Cheetahs are languishing second from the bottom of the ladder with one win from nine games, Moore still anticipated a tough game.

"I think they've got an extremely competitive side and they play a lot better at home, it's going to be a massive test for us," Moore said.

He said it would be up to Rea how long he played after missing four matches with an ankle injury.

"Tony just said to me 'mate, just go as hard as you can right from the start', there's no real set time," Moore said.

"It's been pretty frustrating to sit and watch the boys with us doing it pretty tough at the moment, but hopefully that's all behind me."

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