Brumbies 'no' to Larkham
Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher says the club will not turn to Stephen Larkham in a bid to resolve their current injury crisis.
Last Updated: 25/02/08 11:37pm
Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher has said the club will not turn to former player Stephen Larkham in a bid to resolve their current injury crisis.
The Brumbies have picked up a catalogue of injuries in the opening weeks of the new Super 14 season, with inside centre Anthony Faingaa and lock Al Campbell both suffering medial knee ligament damage during the 22-20 victory against the Highlanders at the weekend.
In addition, captain Stirling Mortlock, Clyde Rathbone, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Gene Fairbanks and Peter Betham are also on the sidelines, prompting suggestions the Brumbies may try and persuade former Australia fly-half Larkham to return to a club he left at the end of last season.
The 33-year-old won two titles during his 12-year stint at the Brumbies before signing a three-year contract with Japanese club Ricoh Black Rams following last year's World Cup.
However, with Larkham still recovering from surgery on the knee he injured in France last autumn, Fisher has indicated that he will not sign the player.
"He's been doing a little bit of rehab - I don't think that is a possibility," Fisher told The Daily Telegraph.
"Don't forget the club is paying an inordinate amount of money for him to take the risk of getting injured and getting no value.
"Certainly, if I was his new employer I'd be saying no."