Fardy looking forward to big year

Date published: January 4 2016

Brumbies back-row Scott Fardy has set his sights on the Super Rugby title as he looks forward to the new campaign with plenty of promise.

The 31-year-old, who had an excellent 2015 for both franchise and country, is entering his fifth season with the Brumbies and can't wait.

He returns after a break following the World Cup, which he feels was needed after a long but positive year that ended with the Wallabies.

"I kind of stepped away from the game for a while, which was great." Fardy told the Brumbies website.

"Six or seven weeks off is probably optimum for your time off and we had eight which has been pretty good."

The Wallabies performed very well in 2015 as they won the Rugby Championship before reaching the final of the World Cup, something Fardy was pleased with.

"I thought what we came from 12 months prior to the World Cup to what we finished at was fantastic," he said.

"Obviously we didn't get the end goal of actually winning the World Cup, but there's a big season ahead with a three test series against England and 15 tests in total this year for us to prepare for now."

His focus at the moment though is on the Brumbies, who for the second year in a row will attend a training camp in Jindabyne. 

Fardy said the camp is a good way for the squad to bond.

"I think it's good to start with a camp," Fardy said.

"We've had 11 or 12 guys in and out of the squad with Wallabies duties. Spending a few nights together having and breakfast and dinner together every day is great, it's really enjoyable to spend that time together."

He added, looking ahead to 2016: "I don’t think the goal changes from year to year, we're always here to win the competition."

"We're disappointed we've fallen at the final hurdle the last few years but obviously we take a lot of confidence in the fact we believe our best footy is ahead of us and we're looking forward to a big year."