Bernie Axed!

johnboy 31 January 2007 5

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.

What the hell, it’s only the Chiefs.

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5 Responses to Bernie Axed!
J Dawg J Dawg 10:12 pm 31 Jan 07

Probably thought Huxley should get some game time to deter him from moving to Perth…

lateralis lateralis 7:24 pm 31 Jan 07

Unless you know something we dont….I asssumed this was just a stand down because of the bub, and because he is Bernie and all rugby hopes hinge on his shoulders (and knees), so therefore he gets special treatment.

aidan aidan 12:09 pm 31 Jan 07

I think ‘axed’ is a little strong. His second daughter was born a few days ago .. I am surprisd he can string a sentence together. They were always planning to rest him from some games anyway.

Not too sure you should take the Chiefs too lightly, some are talking up their chances.

terubo terubo 12:03 pm 31 Jan 07

(My whine directed at The Age, not JB).

terubo terubo 11:52 am 31 Jan 07

JB, this sounds OTT. He’s just sitting this one out because of the birth of a child – nothing unusual about that, surely.

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