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Zack takes aim at top team berth

Zack Holmes trains with the Brumbies on Thursday.

Zack Holmes trains with the Brumbies on Thursday. Photo: Melissa Adams

Zack Holmes hopes a more aggressive game style and an overhauled kicking technique will boost his chances of forcing his way into the ACT Brumbies' game-day rotation.

And after getting a taste of Super Rugby action last year, the playmaker will use the ACT XV clash with Samoa A at Viking Park on Friday to show he is ready to be recalled to the top squad.

Holmes almost lifted the Brumbies into the finals in his rookie Super Rugby campaign after regular fly-halves Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano suffered season-ending injuries.

But while he has showed he can handle the next level of competition, the 22-year-old has to bide his time and wait for another chance to shine.

''I'm not a naturally patient kind of guy, but this is a team sport and you want what's best for everyone,'' Holmes said.

''My approach has been to improve as a player and I knew it was going to be difficult for me to play with everyone healthy and fit.

''When you get a taste of playing, it makes you more hungry to get back there, but it's about the squad and doing everything to get the team playing well.

''I'm just waiting for my chance. It's great to see the boys going well.''

Fifteen contracted Brumbies will be out to impress coach Jake White in the first match of the Pacific Cup.

Powerful No.8 Fotu Auelua will captain the side. Robbie Coleman, Siliva Siliva, Scott Sio and Colby Faingaa will get valuable game time.

Holmes loomed as the Brumbies' fly-half saviour last season when Toomua and Lealiifano were out.

With the Brumbies on the cusp of a finals appearance, White put his faith in the young pivot rather than convince Stephen Larkham to come out of retirement.

Holmes had a sparkling debut against the Wellington Hurricanes and was solid for the rest of the campaign as the Brumbies fell agonisingly short of a play-off berth.

To ensure he is better this season, Holmes wants to be more aggressive and faster on the field.

He has also changed his kicking technique. His accuracy helped the Brumbies win plenty of games last year, but a missed shot after the siren against the Queensland Reds was the difference between playing finals rugby and being relegated to seventh.

''I've got a bit more upper-body strength this year,'' Holmes said. ''I was a bit passive in contact last season, so I just want be a bit more aggressive. Goalkicking has been a big focus for me, I've spent quite a lot of time changing my technique to make sure it feels comfortable.

''I think my game's at a better level than it was last year, it's just a matter of if I get my opportunity, I've got to take it.''

FRIDAY NIGHT

ACT XV v SAMOA A at Viking Park, 6pm.

ACT XV: 1. Scott Sio 2. Siliva Siliva 3. Ruan Smith 4. Etienne Oosthuizen 5. Leon Power 6. Jordan Smiler 7. Colby Faingaa 8. Fotu Auelua 9. Ian Prior 10. Zack Holmes 11. Stephan Van Der Walt 12. Jordan Rapana 13. Tevita Kuridrani 14. Tom Cox 15. Robbie Coleman. Reserves: 16 Robbie Abel 17. Sione Taula 18. Les Makin 19. Gareth Clouston 20. Tim Cree 21. Mark Swanepoel 22. Sam Windsor.

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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 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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 07:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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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