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Larkham extends Brumbies deal

ACT Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham has extended his contract for another three years.

Former Australia fly-half Larkham, 40, will now remain in charge of the two-time Super Rugby champions through to the end of the 2017 season.

"It's a huge moment in my career to be extending my position here," he said.

"I've had a long history with the Brumbies with some success, but the idea of new challenges has made this really exciting for me and my family."

Larkham has led the recruitment and retention programme at the club since replacing South African Jake White as head coach late last year, and is credited with the retention of leading players Matt Toomua, Nic White, Joe Tomane, Henry Speight, Jesse Mogg, Scott Fardy, Scott Sio and Christian Lealiifano.

"We've been able to retain the bulk of our squad and the future is looking bright,\" added Larkham, whose side's hopes of reaching the playoffs are on a knife-edge with two rounds left in the regular season following their 39-8 demolition by the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday.

\"While I'm looking forward to the future, the most important thing for our group at the moment is to regroup and prepare for a big match against the Western Force in two weeks' time."

Larkham has shared coaching duties with Laurie Fisher this season, but Fisher has confirmed he will leave the Canberra side and has been strongly linked with the vacant head coach job at Gloucester.