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More continuity in Canberra as Brumbies lock down coaching group

Following on the announcement of an extension to the contract of Head Coach Dan McKellar, the Brumbies have announced the extension of deals for both Assistant Coaches, Laurie Fisher and Peter Hewat.

Both assistants have been extended to the end of 2021 Super Rugby season with Hewat offered a two-year extension to his current deal and Fisher twelve months to his contract.

“With Dan signing on to the end of 2021 last week, we are extremely happy to announce that both Peter Hewat and Laurie Fisher have followed suit this week,” Brumbies CEO Phil Thomson commented.

“We have in place our coaching team for the next three seasons of Super Rugby and that will help us with our continuity and planning as we look to build a strong and successful program here in Canberra.

“Both coaches have the complete trust of the playing group, Dan, myself and the board and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in rugby. We are confident that with Laurie and Peter working closely with Dan that we have the right people in place to challenge for a Super Rugby title.”

Former Brumbies, Munster and Gloucester Rugby Head Coach Laurie Fisher, or Lord as he is known to the Brumbies rugby family, returned for a second season as Assistant Coach to McKellar this season, with the remit of looking after the club’s forwards.

Assistant Coach Peter Hewat was at the forefront of the Brumbies fast-paced attacking game-plan that bore fruit at the tail-end of the 2018 Super Rugby season as the team finished the year in fine form.

“Lord and Pete are two quality coaches and two quality individuals who I enjoy working with,” Brumbies Head Coach Dan McKellar said of Fisher and Hewat.

“As a coaching group and we are certainly very aligned with our thinking on the game. Like any coaching group we have individual thoughts or ideas and there are times where we challenge each other, but it’s always done with respect. For me that is a big reason of why we work well together.

“It’s nice to be able to trust your assistant coaches and give them the freedom to do their job well, which allows me to focus on what I need to focus on and as Head Coach there’s plenty to do both on and off field. When I got this opportunity, I felt it was important to surround myself with quality assistant coaches, and I am fortunate to have that.”

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More continuity in Canberra as Brumbies lock down coaching group