20 Feb Brumbies Runners To Face Touring Auckland
Brumbies Runners will take to the field for the first time in 2019 when they meet the Auckland Contenders at David Campese Field on Friday 22 February with kick-off at 5.30pm and free admission to the game.
The iconic Queanbeyan venue will play host to two teams who will be keen to impress their respective coaching staff as the Super Rugby season begins in earnest, the Brumbies playing the Chiefs to GIO Stadium 24-hours later.
Auckland, who will be led by Head Coach Tai Lavea, with the province’s usual leader Alama Ieremia joining the tour party as Team Manager, together with Assistant Coach Filo Tiatia.
Auckland who last year won the Mitre 10 Cup title for the first time since 2007 are in Australia for a two-match tour of Canberra and Sydney.
They will field a Development Team made up of young and aspiring players aiming to force their way into the Auckland NPC team. Amongst those who have joined the touring party are Malgene Ilaua, the four-times capped Japanese international who was with the Sunwolves last season and Manu Samoa international Pele Cowley.
Matt Johnson, from Southland, and Sam Slade, from Manawatu, are also included in the 24-player group which is split into fourteen forwards and ten backs and includes serval promising Academy youngsters.
After playing the Runners on Friday evening, Auckland Contenders will attend the Super Rugby match at GIO Stadium and then train with the Brumbies Academy in the early part of next week.
“It’s fantastic that we are able to welcome Auckland Contenders team to Canberra to play this match with the Brumbies Runners and for joint training sessions with our Brumbies Academy players,” Brumbies GM Professional Rugby and pathways Chris Tindall commented.
“This is great for shared development and experience for the players and follows on from our pre-season program.
“Auckland have a strong rugby history and they will provide good opposition for the Runners. The Brumbies Runners program of matches is important for providing playing opportunities for selection competition for our Plus500 Brumbies squad with everyone competing for a place.
“We thank Alama Ieremia and the Auckland Rugby Union for coming on tour and look forward to hosting them for an exciting game of rugby and sharing ideas on player development.”
Brumbies Runners v Auckland Contenders
Friday 22 February 2019
David Campese Field, Queanbeyan, 5.30pm