Larkham won’t rush Tomane

Date published: July 3 2016

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Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham has revealed he won't rush Joe Tomane's return to the side, as the wing nears his comeback from injury.

The men from Canberra have been without both Tomane and Henry Speight on their touchlines for chunks of this season due to injury issues.

But it appears Tomane is almost back playing Super Rugby and could return for Round 17, not for Round 16 against the Blues, as Larkham is careful not to risk the Wallaby. He also feels they have players in form wide out in James Dargaville, Nigel Ah Wong and Lausii Taliauli.

"Joey's there or thereabouts, he trained with the boys this week. He's still a little way off I'd say, we're not going to rush that one," Larkham told watoday.com.

"We're going to make sure he gets back to full health before we push him out there because our wingers are doing a fantastic job.

"We had Andrew Smith come back this week … there's a lot of confidence in Andrew.

"James Dargaville was superb [against the Reds] with ball in hand, Nigel Ah Wong again had a really strong game, Lausii Taliauli came on and scored another try.

"There's good depth in the wing position at the moment, these boys are doing a fantastic job."

The Brumbies beat the Reds 43-24 on Friday to stay above the Waratahs due to their win record, with both sides sitting locked on 39 points.

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