Brumbies Rugby has just put out the below media release on Laurie Fisher being signed on as coach for another 2 years (coups withstanding)
I’ve also included the list of players on contract and off contract at the end.
The CA Brumbies have today re-signed Head Coach Laurie Fisher for a further two seasons.
Fisherâ€™s new deal will see him through until the end of the 2008 Super 14 season, making him the
equal longest serving Brumbies Coach alongside Eddie Jones, who was Coach between 1998
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The 48-year-old Canberra born and raised Coach was appointed Head Coach of the CA
Brumbies for the 2005 Tooheys New Super 12 season after progressing through the coaching
ranks, where he started in 2000 as Coach of the Brumbies Academy.
Despite failing to reach the finals in each of his first two seasons at the helm, Fisher believes that
the Brumbies are well positioned leading into the next two years.
â€œNot withstanding the fact that we havenâ€™t been in the finals the last two years, I think weâ€™ve really
taken our game forward this year,â€ said Fisher.
â€œWeâ€™re going to lose a number of key senior players over the next two years, so itâ€™s a very
important period for us.
That said, I think fundamentally weâ€™re in a good healthy position. Weâ€™ve got a good playing roster
and a fantastic coaching staff. There are areas of our game that we can continue to improve on
but weâ€™ve got a pretty good foundation to take us forward,â€ he said.
Brumbies Rugby CEO Andrew Fagan said that the organisation had moved quickly to secure
â€œLaurieâ€™s and great Coach and he has managed to take the team forward again this year,â€ he
said. â€œWe were obviously disappointed not to make the finals but there were certainly a number of pleasing aspects about the team and the performance of a number of individuals, so weâ€™re
delighted to have (his new contract) locked away. â€œBoth Laurie and (Brumbies management) had set some goals and weâ€™ve been very happy with what heâ€™s been able to achieve over the past two years,â€ said Fagan.
Fagan is confident that Fisher will continue to build on the Brumbies legacy of success. â€œThe Brumbies has been built around success. Weâ€™ve won two championships in the past and
weâ€™re confident that Laurie has the capacity, experience and skills to get us there again,â€ he said.
Fisher, who boasts a 54% success rate as Brumbies Coach despite not yet reaching the finals,
acknowledged that there is pressure on himself and the team over the next two seasons. â€œThere is pressure but you have to have to have faith in the people youâ€™re working with and in your own ability to do the job. If youâ€™ve got that then you can only produce your best,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™m not going to be thinking about where Iâ€™ll be in two years or one year, Iâ€™ve just got to knuckle
down and do the work and focus on improving the teamâ€™s performance to get us back to the top.â€
Lawrence Neil Fisher
Born 25 April 1958, Canberra
Head Coaching Appointments
2000-2003 Brumbies Academy Coach
2000-2002 Australian Universities
2002-2003 Canberra Vikings
2003 Brumby Runners
2003-2004 Australian Under 21s
2005-2006 CA Brumbies Head Coach
Win/Loss record as CA Brumbies Head Coach: 24 matches, 13 wins, 9 losses, 2 drawn.
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Joel Wilson Kobe Steel
Stirling Mortlock (c)
Stephen Larkham (vc)
Jeremy Paul (vc)