Huxley happy to go fullback

Brumbies backliner Julian Huxley is more than happy to revert to fullback if exciting youngster Christian Lealiifano shows he’s ready to take over Steve Larkham’s playmaker role for the Brumbies, AAP reports.

Coach Laurie Fisher plans to give Huxley and Lealiifano half a game each at flyhalf in the final trial match against the Hurricanes in New Zealand on Friday.

He must then decide who goes up against All Blacks No.10 Dan Carter when the Brumbies face the Crusaders in their Super 14 season opener in Christchurch on Friday week.

Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher Tuesday named eight Wallabies in a 26-man squad with captain George Smith, Stephen Hoiles, Huxley, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Mark Gerrard all set to take the field for the first time since last year’s World Cup.

Fisher said Lealiifano impressed against the Waratahs but admitted he was still to be fully tested in the heat of professional rugby and he was unsure who would take the five-eighth role so long filled by Wallabies great Larkham.

“I try to keep as open a mind as possible and give the maximum opportunity to perform,” Fisher said.

“They’re all quality footballers so it’s important that they feel as though they’ve been given maximum opportunity to press for starting positions. I think that we need to make sure that their mind is settled.”

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