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    Brumby 'beast' ready to rumble

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    Tom Cox during training at Brumbies HQ, Griffith.

    Tom Cox during training at Brumbies HQ, Griffith. Photo: Melissa Adams

    Tom Cox finally has the size to match his speed and after a transformation into a ''totally different beast'', the ACT Brumbies believe he's ready to burst into Super Rugby.

    A year after starting his Brumbies career as the lightning-quick skinny kid, Cox has added six kilograms to his frame in a bid to prove he can match it with the biggest and most powerful wingers in Super Rugby.

    The Brumbies challenged a slight Cox to bulk up in the off-season.

    Speed has never been a problem for the former Australian football player. But running into players who were, at times, 30 kilograms heavier was the biggest hurdle for the 24-year-old.

    To combat that, Cox has been eating up to six meals a day and training harder than ever.

    He arrived at the Brumbies weighing just 85 kilograms and was capable of running 10 metres a second.

    A year later Cox can still run at that rate but now tips the scales at 91 kilograms and is aiming to add two kilograms in the coming months.

    It might seem like an extreme transformation.

    But Cox admits he needed to change his body to ensure he wouldn't be used as a speed bump when he gets his Super Rugby opportunity.

    ''When I came down last year my rugby knowledge wasn't up to scratch and in terms of physicality I've put on six kilos and kept my speed,'' Cox said.

    ''My goal is to get a start for the Brumbies; I just want a crack. I felt underweight last year … with physicality and aggression it's hard when you're up against a 100-kilo winger, so things are easier now.

    ''I've got the confidence to get out there and put my body on the line.

    ''You've got to do a lot of eating and a lot of hard work. We get skinfolds measured so you can't just put on bad fat … I struggle to hold weight so you're looking at five to six meals a day and I'm not a big eater.''

    His hard work off the field is reaping the rewards at training.

    With Henry Speight, Joseph Tomane, Andrew Smith and Clyde Rathbone being eased back after injuries, Cox has taken his opportunity to stand tall.

    He got limited opportunities to impress in his first year at the Brumbies.

    After playing in the pre-season trial matches, he couldn't force his way into the regular Super Rugby rotation.

    But his blistering pace was on display in a midweek tour match against Wales when he tore through some broken defence and left international players grasping for air.

    His goal now is to show coach Jake White he can do that every week.

    ''Coxy is a totally different beast,'' Brumbies backs coach Stephen Larkham said.

    ''His communication and understanding of rugby has gone through the roof; he's one of our best trainers.

    ''He's got a bit more aggression to his game now. There's going to be a lot of competition in the wing position and Coxy has the jump on a lot of guys who are coming back from injuries. ''

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    Super Rugby 2015

    Round 1
    Fri, 13 FebTimes shown AEDT
    CRU 10vs REB 20 Report Stats
    BRU 47vs RED 3 Stats
    Sat, 14 FebTimes shown AEDT
    LIO 8vs HUR 22 Report Stats
    BLU 18vs CHF 23 Report Stats
    Sun, 15 FebTimes shown AEDT
    SHA 29vs CHT 35 Report Stats
    BUL 17vs STO 29 Report Stats
    WAR 13vs FOR 25 Stats
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    Round 2
    Fri, 20 FebTimes shown AEDT
    CHF 19vs BRU 17 Report Stats
    REB 28vs WAR 38 Report Stats
    Sat, 21 FebTimes shown AEDT
    BUL 13vs HUR 17 Report Stats
    HIG 20vs CRU 26 Report Stats
    RED 18vs FOR 6 Report Stats
    Sun, 22 FebTimes shown AEDT
    STO 27vs BLU 16 Report Stats
    SHA 29vs LIO 12 Report Stats
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    Round 3
    Fri, 27 FebTimes shown AEDT
    HIG 20vs RED 13 Report Stats
    FOR 13vs HUR 42 Stats
    Sat, 28 FebTimes shown AEDT
    CHT 25vs BLU 24 Report Stats
    CHF 40vs CRU 16 Stats
    REB 15vs BRU 20 Report Stats
    Sun, 01 MarTimes shown AEDT
    BUL 43vs SHA 35 Report Stats
    LIO 19vs STO 22 Report Stats
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    Round 4
    Fri, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
    CHF 17vs HIG 20 Report Stats
    BRU 27vs FOR 15 Report Stats
    Sat, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
    BLU 10vs LIO 13 Report Stats
    RED 5vs WAR 23 Report Stats
    Sun, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
    CHT 20vs BUL 39 Report Stats
    STO 29vs SHA 13 Report Stats
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    Round 5
    Fri, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
    HUR 30vs BLU 23 Report Stats
    FOR 17vs REB 21 Report Stats
    Sat, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
    CRU 34vs LIO 6 Report Stats
    HIG 26vs WAR 19 Report Stats
    RED 0vs BRU 29 Stats
    Sun, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
    STO 19vs CHF 28 Report Stats
    CHT 10vs SHA 27 Report Stats
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    Round 6
    Fri, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
    HIG 13vs HUR 20 Report Stats
    REB 16vs LIO 20 Report Stats
    Sat, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
    CRU 57vs CHT 14 Report Stats
    Sun, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
    BUL 25vs FOR 24 Report Stats
    SHA 12vs CHF 11 Report Stats
    WAR 28vs BRU 13 Report Stats
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    Round 7
    Fri, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
    HUR 36vs REB 12 Report Stats
    RED 17vs LIO 18 Report Stats
    Sat, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
    CHF 37vs CHT 27 Report Stats
    HIG 39vs STO 21 Report Stats
    WAR 23vs BLU 11 Report Stats
    Sun, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
    SHA 15vs FOR 9 Report Stats
    BUL 31vs CRU 19 Report Stats
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    Round 8
    Fri, 03 AprTimes shown AEDT
    HUR 25vs STO 20 Report Stats
    REB 23vs RED 15 Report Stats
    Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
    CHF 23vs BLU 16 Report Stats
    BRU 20vs CHT 3 Report Stats
    Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEDT
    SHA 10vs CRU 52 Report Stats
    LIO 22vs BUL 18 Report Stats
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    Round 9
    Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
    BLU 16vs BRU 14 Report Stats
    Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
    CRU 20vs HIG 25 Report Stats
    WAR 18vs STO 32 Report Stats
    FOR 15vs CHT 24 Report Stats
    Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
    LIO 23vs SHA 21 Report Stats
    BUL 43vs RED 22 Report Stats
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    Round 10
    Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
    CRU 9vs CHF 26 Report Stats
    Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
    HUR 24vs WAR 29 Report Stats
    HIG 30vs BLU 24 Report Stats
    BRU 8vs REB 13 Report Stats
    FOR 6vs STO 13 Report Stats
    Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
    SHA 10vs BUL 17 Report Stats
    CHT 17vs RED 18 Report Stats
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    Round 11
    Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
    CHF 35vs FOR 27 Report Stats
    BRU 31vs HIG 18 Report Stats
    Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
    CRU 29vs BLU 15 Report Stats
    WAR 18vs REB 16 Report Stats
    Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
    LIO 34vs CHT 29 Report Stats
    STO 15vs BUL 13 Report Stats
    RED 19vs HUR 35 Report Stats
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    Round 12
    Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
    HIG 48vs SHA 15 Report Stats
    BRU 10vs WAR 13 Report Stats
    Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
    BLU 41vs FOR 24 Report Stats
    HUR 29vs CRU 23 Report Stats
    REB 16vs CHF 15 Report Stats
    Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
    CHT 25vs STO 17 Report Stats
    BUL 35vs LIO 33 Report Stats
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    Round 13
    Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
    CRU 58vs RED 17 Report Stats
    REB 42vs BLU 22 Report Stats
    Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
    HUR 32vs SHA 24 Report Stats
    FOR 18vs WAR 11 Report Stats
    LIO 28vs HIG 23 Report Stats
    Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
    STO 25vs BRU 24 Report Stats
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    Round 14
    Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
    BLU 23vs BUL 18 Report Stats
    RED 46vs REB 29 Report Stats
    Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
    HUR 22vs CHF 18 Report Stats
    WAR 33vs SHA 18 Report Stats
    Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
    LIO 20vs BRU 30 Report Stats
    CHT 24vs HIG 45 Report Stats
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    Round 15
    Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
    CHF 34vs BUL 20 Report Stats
    RED 14vs SHA 21 Report Stats
    Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
    BLU 5vs HUR 29 Report Stats
    WAR 32vs CRU 22 Report Stats
    FOR 3vs HIG 23 Report Stats
    Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
    CHT 17vs LIO 40 Report Stats
    STO 31vs REB 15 Report Stats
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    Round 16
    Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
    CRU 0vs HUR 0 17:35Trafalgar Park
    BRU 0vs BUL 0 19:40GIO Stadium
    Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
    SHA 0vs REB 0 03:10Growthpoint Kings Park
    HIG 0vs CHF 0 17:35Rugby Park
    FOR 0vs RED 0 19:40nib Stadium
    Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
    STO 0vs CHT 0 01:05DHL Newlands
    LIO 0vs WAR 0 03:10Emirates Airlines Park
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    Round 17
    Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
    HUR 0vs HIG 0 17:35McLean Park
    FOR 0vs BRU 0 21:00nib Stadium
    Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
    REB 0vs BUL 0 15:30AAMI
    BLU 0vs CRU 0 17:35EP
    RED 0vs CHF 0 19:40SS
    CHT 0vs WAR 0 23:00FSS
    Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
    STO 0vs LIO 0 01:05DHL Newlands
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    Round 18
    Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
    BLU 0vs HIG 0 17:35EP
    REB 0vs FOR 0 19:40AAMI
    Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
    BRU 0vs CRU 0 15:30GIO Stadium
    CHF 0vs HUR 0 17:35Yarrow Stadium
    WAR 0vs RED 0 19:40AS
    Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
    BUL 0vs CHT 0 01:05Loftus Versfeld
    SHA 0vs STO 0 03:10Growthpoint Kings Park
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    Round 19
    Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
    7 0vs 7 0 09:00
    Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
    7 0vs 7 0 09:00
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    Round 20
    Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
    7 0vs 7 0 09:00
    Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
    7 0vs 7 0 09:00
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    Round 21
    Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
    7 0vs 7 0 09:00
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    Super Rugby 2015
    Overall standings
    Team P W L D +/- Pts
    Hurricanes 13 12 1 0 143 57
    Waratahs 13 9 4 0 50 41
    Stormers 13 9 4 0 42 38
    Chiefs 13 9 4 0 87 44
    Brumbies 13 7 6 0 102 38
    Lions 14 8 6 0 -27 36
    Highlanders 13 9 4 0 89 43
    Bulls 13 7 6 0 29 35
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