Argentina’s Tomas Cubelli learns the Brumbies language ahead of Western Force clash

Tomas Cubelli will play his third game for the Brumbies when they play the Western Force. Photo: Graham TidyArgentina scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli says he won’t force himself to bark orders at the ACT Brumbies unless it feels like a natural progression in his first Super Rugby season.
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Cubelli has impressed in his first two games with the Brumbies, allaying fears the club would struggle after the departure of Wallabies’ No. 9 Nic White at the end of last year.

However, the one minor glitch Cubelli is working on is teaching his teammates Spanish so there’s no comprende problems.

“I’m getting more comfortable with it game by game. The guys really are making it easy for me,” Cubelli said.

“I’m putting in hard work to try to get good combinations with my teammates [on] the field. Sometimes it goes out as a Spanish word. But at the same time they’re getting used to some Spanish words.

“Speaking into the team has to be natural, not forcing it. I just have to play my part and do what I need to do when it’s important.

“Yes [they can understand me], the halfback is always trying to say things that are obvious so the forwards or other guys know. When you’re tired on the field, someone has to do it. Sometimes it’s easier to understand when you’re playing rugby rather than speaking.”

The Brumbies flew to Perth on Wednesday night in preparation for their clash against the Western Force on Friday.

Cubelli has enjoyed a winning start to his Super Rugby career after moving to Canberra to take a chance with the Brumbies.

He scored a try in his debut match and has looked threatening every time he touches the ball, but is still fine-tuning his kicking game.

The Force have opted for a scrumhalf switch, with former Brumby Ian Prior coming into the starting side to replace Alby Mathewson.

Cubelli has formed a tag-team combination with Michael Dowsett, while Joe Powell is also pushing for game time.

“We’ve played two different types of games, I have to focus on other aspects and keep working the running game if the coach likes it,” Cubelli said.

“So if the game demands another thing, I can do it. Sometimes there’s more opportunities to run, it depends on the defences. I need to my insert myself into games when needed.”


Friday: ACT Brumbies v Western Force at nib Stadium, Perth, 10.05pm (AEDT). TV: Live on Fox Sports 2.

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