Brumbies prop James Slipper is looking to celebrate his 150th Super Rugby game in style when they face the Fijian Drua in Brisbane.
Slipper brings up the milestone where it all began at Suncorp Stadium, revitalising his career at the Brumbies following his exit from the Reds.
“The move has been great and I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said on the move to the Brumbies.
“I’ve extended for another year, so that will bring my total to five years here…It feels like yesterday I arrived.
“I’ve really enjoyed it, not just the Brumbies but Canberra itself, it’s a place I really enjoy being and I feel it gets the best out of my rugby.”
Stand-in captain Nic White was full of praise for the loosehead prop, labelling him as the ultimate teammate and professional.
“In terms of the type of guy you want to look up to, ‘Slips’ is it,” White believes.
“He leaves it all on the field, he’s an ultimate professional, I can’t think of a more deserving guy to get his 150.
“It’s a lot on the rest of us to make sure it’s a special night for him.”
Whilst he joked the milestone was a reminder of ‘how old he is’, Slipper and his teammates are motivated to celebrate the occasion with a victory, particularlyafter their disappointing defeat to the Reds.
“The boys have given me a bit of stick this week, but it’s obviously a special week for me, it’s just another reminder of how old I am and how long I’ve been around,” he added. “Having friends and family there will make it a bit more special.
“We’re coming off the back of a pretty disappointing performance against the Reds … we’ve prepared well this week, we’ve worked hard.”