Insight ... Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones will visit Canberra next month. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
ACT Brumbies coach Jake White hopes former Wallabies mentor Eddie Jones can provide the "fresh eyes" his young team needs to ensure it continues its rapid Super Rugby improvement.
Jones will join the Brumbies briefly in April in his role as a consultant to cast his eye over training and pass on advice to White, his coaching staff and the players.
It was originally hoped Jones would join the Brumbies on their tour of South Africa as part of his six weeks working with the club.
But because he has taken a Japanese coaching job, he is unable to travel to the games against the Pretoria Bulls and Johannesburg Lions next month.
White is still keen to get valuable input from Jones – who was in charge of the Brumbies from 1998-2001 – into how his team is evolving.
"I thought Eddie would have been great for us in South Africa because it would be a change and a new voice over there," White said. "The Japanese job has taken up most of his time, but I still deal with him a lot.
"He will be out here in two-and-a-half weeks, spending a day here looking at us to see if he can help us going forward. What is nice is there is no brief for his role.
"I trust Eddie enough to listen to what he says, but that doesn't mean everything he says will be done.
"It's more just to bounce ideas off each other and from the outside he looks at ways he thinks that teams will play against us or ways which we can improve as a group."
The Brumbies will aim for their third consecutive victory at home when they play the Otago Highlanders at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night.
White is expected to make minimal changes to his team for the round five clash.
Captain Ben Mowen was rested from training again yesterday with a stiff back, but he will line up at No. 8.
Rookie lock Sam Carter is in contention to win back his place in the starting XV and Nic White is a chance of getting the No 9 jersey back if he overcomes his illness.
Nic White has been battling a virus for the past three weeks and started on the bench against the Waikato Chiefs last weekend.
The Brumbies have just two specialist scrumhalves on their roster – White and Ian Prior. They have just 14 Super Rugby caps between them.
Brumbies backs coach Stephen Larkham said White and Prior were still developing their games and they offered different strengths to the team.
"We've been really impressed with Ian and he's worked particularly hard on his kicking game and what's pleasing is he's getting results in the games," Larkham said.
"Both [Prior and White] are very good, there are some subtleties in their games which we've been using in the past couple of rounds.
"The hard thing with the halfback is that if you bring one off the bench and he gets injured there's no replacement because it's a specialty position.
"We've already spoken to the guys and that's going to be a delicate balance because you want to give them experience, but we probably won't be able to give them both game time every week."
The Highlanders are undefeated and will pose a major challenge to the Brumbies.
But Prior said the players had already proved they could grind out a tough match.
"It will be a good test for us, we've proved in the last two games that we're a bunch of fighters and we'll go through the 80 minutes," he said.
"That's a good sign, I believe we're going to give it a good crack."