The ACT Brumbies will begin their preparation for the NSW Waratahs trial at Glen Willow with a clash against the Australian Barbarians.
The January 28 friendly will act as a prelude to the Mudgee Super Rugby trial on Saturday, February 4, with Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham confident the ACT outfit will fire in both.
“After several weeks on the training fields it will be nice for the team to get out and play a proper match in the form of this friendly,” Larkham said.
“We only have two trial matches before the start of the season, as well as the Global Rugby Tens, and it’s important for the team to get the opportunity to play 15-a-side rugby in a competitive environment.”
The short preparation Larkham highlights will mean the likes of Wallabies Scott Fardy, Scott Sio and Tevita Kurindrani are likely additions come kick-off against the Waratahs at Glen Willow.
Larkham was confident a host of his squad’s rising talent would shine as well.
“With players putting their hands up for a starting spot in the first round of Super Rugby, it’s an important part of our preparation,” he said.
“We have a number of new recruits for the 2017 Super Rugby season and (both trial games) will enable them to put into practice what they have been learning during pre-season.”