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Super Rugby: Matt Hawke to use inside knowledge against Brumbies

Opportunity ... Matt Hawke.

Opportunity ... Matt Hawke. Photo: Melissa Adams

Matt Hawke wants to use everything he has learnt from the ACT Brumbies during the pre-season to bring about their downfall in their trial hit-out against an ACT XV at Viking Park on Saturday.

The 27-year-old electrician has spent the last two pre-seasons training with the Brumbies as he pushes for a spot in Super Rugby.

The Brumbies will name their team on Thursday for their last official trial match. They will unleash a near full-strength line-up; eight Wallabies will play in their first game of the year.

Japanese recruit Harumichi Tatekawa will get his chance at inside-centre, while skipper Ben Mowen will return in the No.8 jersey.

Brumbies and Wallabies captain Mowen has re-signed with the Canberra franchise for this year's campaign after negotiating a deal where he will leave Australian rugby at the end of the year.

Hawke played a half for the Brumbies in their trial against the Highlanders in Queenstown on Friday and was part of the province's successful world club sevens campaign in London last year.

The Gungahlin Eagles No.12 is one of several hopefuls who played for the Brumbies against the Highlanders, but will play for the ACT XV on Saturday.

Possible Australian under-20s captain Tom Staniforth, Tim Cree, and Michael Smith will also make the switch and attempt to beat the Super Rugby grand finalists.

Hawke said his skills had ''doubled'' since he started working with the Brumbies' squad under coach Stephen Larkham.

But he wants to use Larkham's knowledge to help the ACT XV to a win, which in turn could help him get on to a Super Rugby list.

''You get to read the players, read the plays, know how [the Brumbies] play,'' Hawke said.

''I'm not saying it's going to be easy, it's going to be a tough challenge, but definitely [it helps to] get a read on how they play and what they do.''

ACT XV coach Craig Robberds said the game was the perfect opportunity for Canberra's best to put their names forward, not just for a Super Rugby contract, but also an opportunity at the inaugural National Rugby Championship later this year.

Robberds said a good showing against the Brumbies could lead to a spot on Canberra's team in the third-tier development competition, which begins in August and will be shown on prime-time TV.

''The guys that did the off-season training, it's their chance to put their hand up to say next year get me into the squad,'' Robberds said.

''For these guys it's a really good chance with this third-tier comp coming up in August.''

SATURDAY

ACT Brumbies v ACT XV at Vikings Park, 6.50pm. Free entry.

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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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
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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
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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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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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