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Butler absorbing lessons from Pocock

01st April 2014 08:08

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Learning: Jarrad Butler

Young Brumbies flanker Jarrad Butler is getting more game time than expected this season but taking onboard any advice on offer.

David Pocock's second knee surgery in two years has handed Butler a chance on the flank, as Ben Mowen has had to move to number eight to cover the absence of Fotu Auelua.

That means more game time for Butler, with the 22-year-old having joined last season's finalists from the Reds.

Butler admits that the advice passed on by Pocock, still one of the world's best flankers, has been invaluable.

"He's been really good. I get weekly reviews telling me what I did right and wrong," Butler told the Canberra Times.

"Especially just the breakdown stuff and identifying rucks, he's one of the best in the world at it. To be able to talk to him about it has been invaluable."

"All the senior guys are really easy to talk to. If you have an issue, you can go up to them and get their thoughts.

"They're always keen to look at some footage they may have cut up."

"I'm happy to get the opportunity, but obviously the circumstances aren't the best.

"It was great to play with a guy like David at the start of the season because he's a huge asset to the team."

Butler's attention is now on the Blues, who travel to Canberra this weekend.

"The Blues are a really strong team, and like all New Zealand teams they play that expansive brand of footy," added Butler.

"If we can do what we do best, which is put pressure on them, then I think we can get the result."

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