Abel excited about young Brumbies group

Date published: March 21 2017

Brumbies hooker Robbie Abel stated that despite the mass departure from the club they are on the right track.

The Brumbies lost some star players before the start of the season including former captain Stephen Moore, winger Joe Tomane and playmaker Matt Toomua.

But Abel, who is set to start at hooker on Saturday against the Highlanders, believes they are developing well as a young group. 

"I feel we’re on the right track," Abel told rugby.com.au.

"We've always felt as a group that we have something pretty special here, so it’s just always been about putting those things into action.

"We’ve always felt here coming through preseason and building over the last little while that we feel like there’s something here in our group and we have a lot of potential and a lot of youth.

"We really have nothing to lose so we’re just putting it all out there."

While they’ve experimented somewhat in the opening month, Abel said they wouldn’t be moving too far away from their trademark rolling maul, a tactic that lost its lustre through 2016 but has underpinned their early success this season.

"Doesn’t matter to us what anyone else thinks of the rolling maul or that as a tactic, I think," he said.

"We’ll stick to the things that work for us and that have done for the Brumbies rugby for many years.

"I don’t see any reason to go away from those things."