Brumbies Super W co-captain Jane Garraway had her sights set on glory in the 2020 campaign alongside fellow co-captain Michaela Leonard, but COVID-19 means the maiden title will have to wait.
The Wagga Wagga native has a varied athletic background. She competed as a sprinter in the United States and Canada before ultimately finding her path in rugby, despite a nasty debut.
1. Favourite thing to do to unwind in Canberra and why?
A: Going for walks around any of the Canberra trails. We are so lucky to live in a city with so many options.
2. Must-see places in Canberra for visitors?
A: The Mount Ainslie lookout for the expansive views of Canberra.
3. Favourite thing about Canberra and why?
A: Canberra is such a pretty place. It has some of the best sunrises and sunsets and is surrounded by bushland!
4. Go-to coffee order?
A: I’m not a coffee drinker but I do enjoy hot choccies from Silo Bakery – best in town!
5. Best memory of your time with the Brumbies?
A: I have lots of great memories with the Brumbies teams I have been involved in. We have always had such a great team culture. The away trips have always been fun, especially the Melbourne trip in 2018. However, the first game of the season this year against Rugby WA would have to be my best memory. It was my first-time co-captaining alongside Michaela Leonard. Everyone came out of the change rooms firing and ready to play. We played some really good rugby, put on a great show and got the win.
6. If you were stuck on a deserted island with one other Brumbies player, who would you choose and why?
A: It’s a tough decision to make, but if I had to choose one I think it would be Iris Verebalavu. She is such a funny person even when she is trying to be serious. Having her on the deserted island would at least be entertaining and bring about lots of laughs. There is never a dull moment when she is around.
7. A teammate who should be the next bachelorette and why?
A: Krystal Fyfe. She is a country girl who tells you how it is. She would be great on any TV show.
8. What are you finding hardest about isolation and why?
A: Isolation is affecting many people in different ways, but for me, the hardest thing I am finding is not being able to train or play rugby with my team. One of the biggest things I love about rugby is that it is a team sport that I get to play, train and enjoy with my mates.
9. If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?
A: Mind reading. It would just be so cool!
10. Describe your debut for the Brumbies? How did you feel and what do you remember about the match?
A: My Super W debut for the Brumbies was in 2018 against the Reds. It was a home game at Canberra Stadium and I was nervous. I think it’s about the only game I’ve been nervous for. About 10 minutes into the first half I coped an elbow to the face and got a serious blood nose that just wouldn’t stop for the rest of the half. In the second half we ended up going down and losing the game but it was pretty special being able to debut in front of all my family and friends.