Larkham: ‘Tahs game a good opportunity

Date published: February 4 2016

Stephen Larkham said this weekend's pre-season fixture against the Waratahs would provide the ideal platform for fringe players to prove they have the capacity to compete more frequently at this level.

The fixture will effectively be a trial match but seven internationals are expected to take part in it. In addition players like Jordan Jackson-Hope and Aidan Toua will start the game at inside centre and full-back respectively and will be looking to impress in their first outings in Brumbies colours.

Larkham said Jackson-Hope had earned the opportunity.

"Jordan signed a development contract pre-Christmas on the back of his pre-season form," Larkham told the Brumbies website on Thursday.

"He trained really well, he trained with us last year as well. He fits in really nicely with the team and with Christian out it's a good opportunity for Jordan to get his first taste of Super Rugby."

Larkham said his expectations were high ahead of the Waratahs match, adding that players were expected to treat it with the seriousness that it deserved.

"Players from both teams are going out there with something to prove," said Larkham.

"There's a number of guys getting an opportunity with our team and it's the same with their team, there's a few Wallabies sitting out of their squad.

"Everyone who takes the paddock will be trying to put their best foot forward and if that means a bit of confrontation then I'm sure they'll bring that."