Brumbies wing Robbie Coleman is on a mission to prove that size is not the be all and end all of the game.
Brumbies wing Robbie Coleman is on a mission to prove that size is not the be all and end all of the game when he lines up in Saturday's semi-final against the.
At 1.79 metres and 83 kilograms, Coleman's small frame draws attention at a time where big wings, like team-mate Henry Speight, are hitting the headlines due to impressive performances.
“I've never felt like I'm too small or not strong enough,” Coleman told the Canberra Times.
“In my first three Super Rugby games [in 2011] I played inside centre against Tana Umaga, Sonny Bill Williams and Ma'a Nonu,” Coleman said.
“I love the contact work. My strength isn't my size, it's my speed and acceleration.
“But I've never felt small. If you worry about it too much, it won't work out and I've never noticed it.
“But [coach Stephen Larkham] said to me at the start of the year that he doesn't care if I'm 95 kilos or 75 kilos, he just wants me to be where I'm at my strong best.”
One of Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham's toughest decisions was leaving Coleman out of the matchday squad for their opening match of the season – a 27-17 loss to the Reds in Canberra.
But Coleman has fought back and is currently the Brumbies leading try-scorer in the tournament with eight tries from 14 matches.
“He's in the right frame of mind this year and he's keeping a couple of Wallabies on the bench, his form certainly warrants selection,” said Larkham.
“He's different to the big, bustling wingers, but he throws his body in there. He's very competitive and aggressive on the ball.
“He's super quick and agile, absolutely suited to this team.”