The Age reports that the era really is ending with Steve Larkham axed from the Brumbies line-up because he’d missed too many training sessions due to the birth of his second daughter.
“The champion five-eighth, usually a walk-up start when not injured, came to a “mutual decision” with coach Laurie Fisher not to join the side for its opener against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday night…
“It was just a disrupted week for him and he was not able to train much last week and the early part of this week so it just wasn’t worth the disruption to the team,” said Fisher.
“We’ve got a quality player like Julian Huxley to step into the breach so we felt it better to get a full week’s preparation in (as a team.)
“(Larkham) was aware that he wouldn’t be able to prepare with the team in the majority of the sessions and he understands that if you can’t prepare with the team, you can’t be expected to play.