Stephen Larkham is returning to coach the Brumbies for a second spell with the Wallabies great signing a two-year deal with the Super Rugby franchise.
Wallabies centre Christian Lealiifano will have surgery on his ankle next week with a date for his return to Super Rugby uncertain.
Lealiifano has been troubled by the injury since his ankle reconstruction in 2012, affecting his training workload.
The Brumbies playmaker put off surgery to play in Australia’s Rugby Championship campaign and recent tour of Europe and the UK.
The extent of the damage won’t be clear until the surgery and the goalkicking ace may require a plate or possibly a major operation which could derail his 2014 Super season.
The Brumbies start their season against the Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium on February 22.
Lealiifano is the only member of the Brumbies’ Wallabies contingent who will have post-season surgery.
The bulk of the Test players will be rested from training until January 5 while hooker Stephen Moore and back-rower Ben Mowen have earned an extra week off.