Pound for pound, Tom Cox is the quickest player the Brumbies have ever had on their books. Brumbies fans were treated to glimpses of his speed during 2012 when the elusive winger was let loose against the Force in Darwin and again against Wales at Canberra Stadium. On both occasions, Cox showed his brilliant best in open space, blitzing his opposite numbers through traffic to claim valuable metres. Growing up in Victoria, Cox was a late starter to rugby having served his earlier sporting years in an AFL singlet shooting Sherrins at four posts. His first game of rugby was in 2009 but since then he has taken to the game and is now regarded as an exceptional talent.A move to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in his late teens inspired a code change, handing the Sunshine Coast Rays their most lethal weapon for the 2010 season. In 2011 Cox moved down the coast to University of Queensland where he formed a bond with other Brumbies like Ian Prior and Ruaidhri Murphy. A tip off to Jake White mid-way through 2011 saw Cox invited to the Brumbies now famous talent identification camps at Narrabeen and from there the speed merchant was invited to spend two years in Canberra with the Brumbies. An ankle injury late in the 2012 John I Dent Cup while playing for Uni-Norths put a dent in Cox’s first full season in Canberra, but he will be looking for another big preseason to stake a claim for a spot on the Brumbies fringes for2013.
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