Larkham not seeking Brumbies exit


Stephen Larkham said he has no intention of turning his back on Brumbies amid speculation over his future with the Super Rugby franchise.

Off-field issues have caused unrest at the Canberra club and it was announced on Saturday that chief executive Michael Jones had departed.

Brumbies coach Larkham is contracted to the two-time Super Rugby champions until the end of next season and the former Australia fly-half is not planning to follow Jones out of the exit door.

"My focus in terms of all of this has been firmly on staying in Canberra," he told The Age.

"I was born in Canberra, grew up in Canberra, played for the Brumbies when they first stated and I still feel there's work to be done here."

Brumbies co-captain Christian Lealiifano stressed the importance of Larkham remaining at GIO Stadium.

"He's someone who everyone would ideally like to stick around and it's his personal decision to be able to do that," the fly-half said.

"He's had a lot more external stuff to worry about as well [recently] and I think... he's really selfless like that, making sure the club's in a good space before he's worried about himself.

"Hopefully he can stay around but it's not up to me. He's a fantastic coach and he's turning into an unbelievable coach.

"The more we can keep him around, the better we'll be."