Laurie Fisher backs Gregan for 2006

Brumbies coach, Laurie Fisher, has thrown his support behind George Gregan the Wallabies captain and his desire to play in the 2007 World Cup and says the player remains a part of the Brumbies’ Super 14 plans for 2006 and beyond.

“Attacking George seems to be an annual event and I don’t think his form this year warranted the criticism he has received,” Fisher said.

“His form has been consistent all year, as it has been for the last four, five, six, seven years, but people expect more of him.

I think sometimes they expect too much of him, they expect him to do it all.

“All of a sudden people seem to expect George to play a different style of play, to be a different type of player to the one he has been for the last 100 Tests.

He’s not a 95-kilogram player like Piri Weepu, who is going to take on the line all the time. He is still playing very well and I would expect that to continue to the World Cup.”

Defending Gregan agianst the poor run that Wallabies are currently in Fisher said, “The forwards did struggle and as a result George did not have a lot to work with,” 

“They struggled to compete at the breakdown against both South Africa and New Zealand and that is going to make life tough for any halfback.”

“George Gregan is a wonderful player and a tremendous leader,” Fisher said, adding that Gregan “is used to all the criticism so it doesn’t affect him”.

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