Fardy backs Brumbies’ decision to rest him

Date published: March 13 2017

Leinster-bound Brumbies flanker Scott Fardy feels the decision to rest him against the Western Force last week is a ploy which should be used more in Australian rugby.

Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham said the decision to rest Fardy was a tactical one and the Brumbies hope to be smart with the way they manage the player’s workload in 2017.

Fardy is set to return action when the two-time champions face the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

“I was good for it [the Force game], but I guess everyone needs a rest at some point and mine has come earlier than others and now I’m ready to go [against the Waratah],” Fardy told the Sydney Morning Herald.

The 32-year-old admitted that his omission from the Brumbies’ matchday squad in their 25-17 win over surprised him but thinks it was the right call.

“It was tough [watching from the stands] but I was confident the guys could do the job and they well and truly did,” he added.

“I didn’t know until the start of week and I guess I was [surprised] but I understood why we did it and I think it’s a positive.

“I think it should be a plan for all players. Every player playing every minute isn’t the appropriate way.

“They tend to rest players in other sports the give them the opportunity to freshen up and I think Australian rugby is a bit behind in that department.”