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Change up has Carter ready for trip West
The University of Canberra Brumbies are rounding out the June three-week break by freshening up their training schedule, taking field sessions to the home of the Uni-Norths Owls at Turner.
With three games to play and a spot in the finals on the line, the University of Canberra Brumbies have turned their entire focus to next Saturday night’s clash with the Western Force in Perth.
Lock Sam Carter has been preparing for his first Brumbies match in over a month having sat out the last two games against Wales and the Rebels. He was a key performer for Royals last weekend in their John I Dent Cup clash with Queanbeyan, taking on some familiar faces at the line-out like Leon Power and Anthony Hegarty.
But Carter was aware the challenge in Perth would be a big one for a rookie lock, taking on the likes of 103 Test capped legend, Nathan Sharpe.
“The match for the Royals was a good opportunity to blow out some of my cob-webs and rip in for my club side. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to have a few weeks off playing, just to train hard and refresh my body,” Carter said.
“We are all aware of the challenges that lay ahead. While the results so far this season have been encouraging, we need to keep reminding ourselves that we haven’t won or achieved anything yet.
“There are still three crucial games to play, starting next week against the Force. I know all the boys are looking forward to getting over there. It’s been nice to see a few Brumbies players involved with the Wallabies camp, but we’re looking forward to seeing them back in Canberra too.
“Siliva, Matty Toomua, Kimami and I (Royals players) all thought it would have been a better idea to take training over to Philip for the week. The Uni-Norths guys have been pretty happy to show off their facilities.
“It’s been a great change-up coming out here this week for training. We’re all enjoying the week and looking forward to getting over to Perth.”
The University of Canberra Brumbies face the Western Force on Saturday, 30 June at nib Stadium, Perth.
POS: Second Row
H/W: 2m, 110kg
Senior Club: Royals, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 13
Super Rugby Points: 10 (2t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2011 v Rebels, Canberra