Smith to skipper Brumbies
Mortlock unlikely to be fit for start of season
Last Updated: 11/01/08 12:06pm
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George Smith will lead the ACT Brumbies during the first part of the Super 14 season as regular captain Stirling Mortlock has failed to recover from shoulder surgery.
"It's always an honour to lead the Brumbies. To have the confidence of your team-mates to captain the side is very humbling."
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Flanker Smith has been asked to take the skipper's armband while Mortlock continues his rehabilitation.
"It's always an honour to lead the Brumbies," said Smith. "To have the confidence of your team-mates to captain the side is very humbling.
"It's disappointing not to have Stirlo on the field for the first few games but our challenge is to set our season up in the initial weeks for when he returns.
"We've had an excellent pre-season block so far and everyone is really excited about the beginning of the season.
"The support we've received from our supporters already has been overwhelming and we can't wait for the season to start."
Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher added: "We have no hesitation in offering George the captaincy in Stirling's absence.
"George is a player who has always led the side by his actions, irrespective of whether he's captain or not.
"We appreciate that this may not necessarily be a role that he is looking to occupy on a full-time basis but on the occasions that he has led both the Brumbies and the Wallabies he's done a first-class job."