Brumbies to name Smith as captain

The ACT Brumbies will this week name George Smith as their replacement captain for the first half of the Super 14 season.

Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher will do this following a team leadership meeting on Friday because regular skipper Stirling Mortlock will miss the first half of the season with a shoulder injury.

According to the Canberra times, Mortlock will resume the captaincy once he recovers and returns to the team which is likely to happen in Round 8.

Fisher needs a captain with experience after regulars like Jeremy Paul, George Gregan and Stephen Larkham have all moved on so Smith is somewhat of an obvious choice.

He has captained the Brumbies before and coincidentally it was last season when Mortlock was injured for six matches.

“I’ve spoken to George about it and he’s openly told me he’s not interested in a being a long-term captain of the Brumbies, that it’s not his cup of tea and that’s fine,” the coach said.

“But being a four-to-six week period as it will be this year while Stirling is out, he’s fine with that and excited about the prospect of leading the team.” Fisher says that Smith is a natural leader who his teammates respected

Fisher will also rotate the captaincy between members of a leadership group that he will announce and will include,Mortlock, Smith, Nic Henderson, Al Campbell, Julian Huxley and Clyde Rathbone.

“I’ve really enjoyed the few times I’ve been able to captain the Brumbies, I’ve enjoyed the challenge,” Smith told the paper. 

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