Gregan savours Reds-Brumbies battle

Date published: January 29 2014

Former Australia captain George Gregan is expecting a fierce rivalry as ever between Australia's two leading Super Rugby sides.

Former Australia captain George Gregan is expecting a fierce rivalry as ever between Australia's two leading Super Rugby sides.

The Reds were Super Rugby champions in 2011, with the Brumbies making last year's final before losing out to the Chiefs.

Expecting the Reds to defeat the current reigning champions in pre-season, Gregan added that the experience in the Reds' ranks would stand them in good stead when they face the Brumbies in Round One.

2014 marks the first year for the Reds without current Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie at the helm, with Richard Graham now in charge.

Gregan appeared a record 136 times for the Brumbies over 11 years, winning two Super Rugby titles.

“Round one, there's a fierce rivalry between the Reds and the Brumbies. I know it's going to be really tough,” said Gregan.

“This is a team led by James [Horwill] and Will [Genia] in terms of quality players, everyone's knows who they've got.

“They've got some of the best players in a number of positions and they're a well-balanced squad that know how to win.

“You know it's going to be a really tight game, so it sets up for a great season.”

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