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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 World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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