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Brumbies rookie Tom Staniforth wants to 'go gangbusters' after Super Rugby debut

Tom Staniforth takes some stopping against the Reds.

Tom Staniforth takes some stopping against the Reds. Photo: Getty Images

Super Rugby rookie Tom Staniforth hopes his ACT Brumbies cameo ignites his career, saying he wants to "go gangbusters" as he chases his professional dream.

A teenage part-time pub glassy, Staniforth has forced his way into Brumbies contention for the rest of the season despite only having a two-week contract.

But Staniforth says his Super Rugby stint could be put on hold after just one game - his strong debut in a 23-20 win against the Queensland Reds.

Staniforth held his own against the Reds' two Wallabies locks, prompting former Test skipper James Horwill to forecast a "big future" for the youngest second-rower to debut in Super Rugby.

The Brumbies called on 19-year-old Staniforth as injury cover for Sam Carter and Leon Power and he was thrust into a daunting debut.

Carter is on track to play against the Waikato Chiefs on Anzac Day, which could put Staniforth's rise on hold when his two-week supplementary contract ends next week.

His goal is to try to earn a spot on the Brumbies full-time roster next season.

"I went as hard as I could for as long as I could ... I don't really think long term, I just try to go gangbusters," Staniforth said.

"Every game could be your last one. Growing up, I said if I could get one game I'd be happy. I can call myself a Brumby ... but I still want it a lot. I want to be a rugby player.

"I just do what I'm told, playing for the Brumbies has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I just love playing, I'll work in a pub and play. That's not a big deal to me."

The former Canberra Boys' Grammar student has been described as an on-field "beast". Off it, his Brumbies teammates have been trying to turn him into a fashionista, overhauling his wardrobe, after learning he wears the same clothes every week, and trying to find him a girlfriend.

Staniforth's only focus is rugby. The Australian under-20s representative is tipped to be one of national team leaders at the junior world championships in June.

"Playing for the Brumbies is the best feeling ever," he said. "I've lived in Canberra forever and to be able to play means everything to me."

"I was knackered, really knackered. It's so fast and tough, but I loved every minute.

"I was very nervous, but I'm really thankful for guys like Ben Mowen, Scott Fardy and Fotu [Auelua] who help me."

Staniforth is a raw talent who is still fine-tuning his game, but it's his aggression and dedication that has given him a jump start.

He was also added to the Brumbies' pre-season leadership group with David Pocock and Auelua.

Horwill, a 35 Test second-rower, was impressed with Staniforth's Super Rugby initiation.

"Being 19, he didn't look out of place," Horwill said. "He's a guy I imagine will have a big future. It's always good to see a young guy come through."

Brumbies captain Ben Mowen said: "I remember our first mauling session he almost created a fight because he tore us apart at training, he's just a goer."

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
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FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
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FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
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IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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