ACT Brumbies duo Sam Thomas and Brodie Leber keen to stamp mark at Mauritius 10s
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ACT Brumbies duo Sam Thomas and Brodie Leber keen to stamp mark at Mauritius 10s

ACT Brumbies 10s coach Russ Ingram is confident the development side he's taking to compete at the Mauritius 10s in Africa this weekend will hold their own.

The squad is largely made up of rising John I Dent Cup players and Brumbies academy young guns, who are set to face professional sides from all over the world.

Brodie Leber and Sam Thomas are heading to Mauritius with the Brumbies 10s.

Brodie Leber and Sam Thomas are heading to Mauritius with the Brumbies 10s. Credit:Sitthixay Ditthavong

The Brumbies will join South African teams the Cheatahs and Bulls as well as English powerhouse club Harelquins as part of the eight elite teams at the tournament.

Ingram doesn't think his players will be out of their dept but acknowledged the tournament presents a challenge for the squad.

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"Everyone is a little bit excited not knowing what the landscape will look like, but it will be a great challenge for the both the coaching group and playing group," Ingram said.

"I don't think the we'll be out of place, it will be a good challenge for the boys but as long as we execute well and are accurate then I'm sure we'll be competitive.

"The team has been picked through the John I Dent Cup and all the clubs being represented is nice, but it also has boys from our under-19 and under-20s programs and some interstate.

"It's about rewarding boys within our [rugby] community. It's a bit of a trial and opportunity for these boys to express themselves and see if they can go to that next level."

Tuggeranong Vikings hooker Sam Thomas and Western Districts centre Brodie Leber are among the youngest squad members and are keen to stamp their mark on the small African Island.

Thomas, 19, arrived in Canberra from Mudgee to pursue his rugby dream and is hoping to make an impression this weekend and eventually pick up a Brumbies contract.

"That's the goal and fingers crossed it happens one day but I'm just looking forward to the experience over there," Thomas said.

"I have no idea what to expect, it looks like a nice tropical island but the rugby will be tough, we're the only development team going and the rest are sending their first teams.

"I know Adriaan Strauss who used to captain the Springboks is going to be playing, so we'll be up against quality opposition and it should be a great experience."

Leber is on the Australian Sevens radar and will head to Japan next month with a national development side.

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"This is my first time travelling with the Brumbies and my first overseas trip for rugby so it's pretty exciting," Leber said.

"I had no idea it was even happening so I was pretty surprised to get the call up and it'll be a good experience for us getting to play against contracted guys."