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Larkham ready to step up for Brumbies as coach

Stephen Larkham will coach the Brumbies on a caretaker role for now

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Article Published: Friday 27 September 2013

Stephen Larkham says that he is really excited about taking over the Brumbies coaching duties with fellow assistant Laurie Fisher after the shock resignation of Jake White.

White took the Brumbies from strugglers to finalists in two seasons but handed in his resignation after he was overlooked for the Wallabies job with two years left to run on his contract.

The Brumbies have named Larkham and Fisher as caretaker coaches but Larkham says that he would like the role on a permanent basis.

Thirty-nine-year-old Larkham has been Brumbies attack coach for the last three seasons so he is familiar with coaching the Canberra side.

"You're never really sure if you're ready but my rugby knowledge is pretty good and I played a lot of rugby under some really good coaches," Larkham told The Australian.

"It would have been nice to work under Jake for another year or so but things have changed and I'm really excited by the prospect."

Larkham says that White transformed the Brumbies into one of the most disciplined Super Rugby sides and his "pyschological" work with the young Brumbies players will be missed.

"But the team has now had two years under this program and at some stage you have to assume responsibility and accountability," Larkham added.

White has been back in South Africa for some time now and has been linked to the Stormers, Argentina's Pumas but appears to be headed for the Sharks to work under new CEO John Smit who was his captain at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

One of White's long time supporters and Brumbies veteran Clyde Rathbone said that his former coach White is a "highly strung, emotional and complex individual" who was "always chasing the next opportunity".

"I know how disappointed Jake was at missing out on the Wallabies job," said Rathbone in his blog on The Roar.

"I know he felt as though the politics that marred his time with the Springboks and which he believed he had escaped in Australia had burnt him once more.

"With that said, failure to secure the Wallabies job is not an acceptable reason to resign from the Brumbies. It's not even close to being an acceptable reason."

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