Ian Prior is a mature, poised rugby player with the capacity to play professionally for many years to come. A hard worker and good listener, Prior has worked hard to improve his game since moving to Canberra after the 2011 Super Rugby season. A former Reds scrumhalf who played understudy to Wallabies skipper Will Genia on their way to the 2011 title, Prior’s quick service has allowed the Brumbies forwards to gain momentum at key points throughout the season. In particular, his stirring efforts against the table-topping Highlanders at Canberra Stadium in 2012 backed the early hype that surrounded Prior’s arrival from Lang Park. Guiding his forward around the park and providing plenty of clean ball for flyhalf Christian Lealiifano, the Brumbies looked cohesive, together and ready to challenge anyone who came their way. Prior’s second professional tour of South Africa and first with the Brumbies gave the scrumhalf plenty of time to shine. His try against the Bulls in the latter parts of the fixture was a just reward for one of the team’s hardest grafters, in training and on game day. Like clockwork, Prior is one of the first player on the pitch for training and last to head to recover y at the end of the day. He takes pride in his trade and is the sort of competitor other players like surround themselves with. Another product of the University of Queensland rugby machine, Prior brings plenty of representative rugby experience to Canberra including selection in the Queensland Combined Secondary Colleges side of 2007 and the Australian Under 20’s of 2010.
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