Pocock helping to guide Butler for Brumbies

Brumbies loose forward Jarrad Butler has revealed that he has been getting weekly Super Rugby reviews and training from injured Wallabies star David Pocock.

The Wellington born forward moved to Canberra this season after he made his Super Rugby debut in 2012 for the Reds.

Butler made the move to Canberra as he wanted more playing opportunities and his promotion into the team came a lot sooner than expected due to the season-ending knee injury of Pocock.

Twenty-two-year-old Butler says that even though he has done a solid job in the number 7 jersey in Pocock’s absence he prefers to play at blindside flank or No 8.

Butler says that the regular sessions with Pocock have been the key to speeding up his development.

“He’s been really good. I get weekly reviews telling me what I did right and wrong,” Butler said.

“Especially just the breakdown stuff and identifying rucks, he’s one of the best in the world at it.

“To be able to talk to him about it has been invaluable.”

Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher and injured Wellington-born loose forward Fotu Auelua have also been helping out with personal training tips for Butler.

“All the senior guys are really easy to talk to. If you have an issue, you can go up to them and get their thoughts,” Butler told the Canberra Times.

“They’re always keen to look at some footage they may have cut up.”

Butler moved to Queensland and the Gold Coast when he was 13 and could be a potential successor to No 8 Ben Mowen who is leaving to play in France at the end of the season.

He says that he is happy to play anywhere in the back row positions.

“I’m happy to get the opportunity, but obviously the circumstances aren’t the best,” he said.

“It was great to play with a guy like David at the start of the season because he’s a huge asset to the team.”

The Brumbies are in a crucial two week period currently after their shock loss to the Rebels. They face a resurgent Blues team this week and then they face the Reds in a Australian derby.

“The Blues are a really strong team, and like all New Zealand teams they play that expansive brand of footy,” Butler said.

“If we can do what we do best, which is put pressure on them, then I think we can get the result.”

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