Toomua ready for Super 14 rugby : Friend

New Brumbies coach Andy Friend is playing with the idea of labeling rookie fly half Matt Toomua ready for Super 14 rugby which would represent a major selection shock.

Toomua appeared as a distant second behind Christian Lealiifano who pretty much owned the No.10 jersey in 2008 after Julian Huxley’s career was ended abruptly in round three.

Toomua however has emerged as a genuine flyhalf contender according to coach Friend.

“Watching him training, yeah he is ready, but it’s another thing when you’re playing full contact.” Friend told the Canberra Times.

“That said I watched him play a few club games last year and I have every confidence that, if asked, he’d be able to step up to Super 14 rugby,” he added of Toomua.

“Matt’s got some tremendous attributes in the way he can read the game and the way he can control a game.

“He’s a beautiful ball carrier, he just keeps the opposition guessing. He can square up an opposition very, very well.”

While Friend said that he was impressed with the way that Lealiifano played last year he has refused to guarantee him the No.10 jersey.

“There’s good competition there and that’s very, very genuine competition,” Friend said.

“Matt’s got a great pass, a lovely kicking game and good vision. He understands trends in the game.”

Toomua played just four games off the bench for the Brumbies last season but says that he feels physically and mentally prepared for the challenge.

“I want to compete for more game time but that’s out of my hands really,” Toomua said

“I feel a lot more comfortable around the guys and confident in directing them so hopefully I can get my chance.”

The Brumbies have two warm up matches with the first being against the Hurricanes on January the 30th at Venue Canberra Stadium and the second at the Sydney Football Stadium against the Waratahs on February the 5th.

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