Brumbies move the goal posts

By Chris Dutton
Updated April 23 2018 - 8:26pm, first published January 25 2014 - 11:17pm

The first Asian recruit in Brumbies’ history, Harumichi Tatekawa is still struggling to understand English so you can imagine his confusion when the coaches told him to practice his goal kicking over soccer posts at his first training session in Canberra. The Brumbies don’t have a permanent training base and are waiting for their University of Canberra home to be finished. So, just a month before the Super Rugby season, the Brumbies have been honing their kicking skills over soccer posts. The problem comes with the dimensions. Soccer goals are 7.32 metres wide and 2.44 metres high. The rugby crossbar is 3 metres high and 5.6 metres wide. The Brumbies are working with the university to try to find some hybrid soccer-rugby posts. It doesn’t help that the Brumbies are searching for a new kicker, given regular sharpshooter Christian Lealiifano is out of action until March as he recovers from ankle surgery. The contenders to replace him are: Matt Toomua, Jesse Mogg, Nic White and Lionel Cronje. Cronje and Tatekawa will be the kickers in the first pre-season trial this week.

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