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New Brumby stands by career-defining gamble


Jon Tuxworth

Injured Brumbies Josh Mann-Rea and Jordan Smiler.

Injured Brumbies Josh Mann-Rea and Jordan Smiler. Photo: Graham Tidy

When Brumbies recruit Josh Mann-Rea snapped his anterior cruciate ligament last week, he feared his overdue shot at top-level rugby could be over.

And it's why he rates his decision to undergo ligament augmentation and reconstruction system (LARS) surgery as a ''no-brainer''.

The hooker admitted on Tuesday it was a massive risk to undergo the controversial procedure after his knee gave way at training early last week.

But the extended player squad member insists it's a calculated gamble he had no choice but to take.

At 31, the former Australian under-21 representative couldn't afford the ninth months of rehabilitation required of traditional surgery.

''It was the only option for me. I thought personally, I couldn't afford to miss this whole season,'' Mann-Read said.

''There a bit of controversy about it [LARS], but I definitely think it's a risk worth taking in my situation.

''If I miss the whole season, it could be the end of my career anyway.

''Hopefully I can be back in four months and only miss a few games at the start. The surgeon was confident with my knee and how it would respond to the LARS.''

After a long stint in Japan, Mann-Rea played two matches for the NSW Waratahs last season after answering an SOS from the club.

He admitted he was shocked at the extent of his injury after going down in a seemingly innocuous training incident.

''I got up and walked it off, and thought it'd surely be a lot sorer if I'd done something more permanent,'' he said. ''I've never really had an injury my whole career and the last five months I've had surgery on my hand and now this. Hopefully it doesn't happen in threes.''

Fellow extended player squad member Jordan Smiler is also tracking well after shoulder surgery.

A blindside flanker who played for Norths last year in Sydney's Shute Shield, Smiler is relishing the chance to learn from the Brumbies star-studded pack.

''When I first moved down here my dad asked what it's like to be alongside guys like [David] Pocock, and it's awesome,'' he said.

''You watch what they do at training and it's all by the book, all the little things you can take note of and add to your own game.

''Hopefully the shoulder will be ready by the end of January and I'll get a pre-season game in before the season starts.''

Meanwhile, John I Dent Cup strugglers Easts have received a huge boost with six Brumbies, headed by Pocock and Clyde Rathbone, allocated to the club for next season.

Easts failed to win a single match this year, and Brumbies coach Jake White hopes the move will allow them to compete with the competition heavyweights.

''A guy like David is probably not going to be beneficial from a playing point of view, but there's no reason why they won't be there promoting the club and get some grass roots rugby going,'' he said. ''At least they'll be affiliated with the club and have the opportunity to go to training and encourage the players there.''

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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