Posted: 9 November, 2012
by Triple M
Danny Buderus Apologies To The NRL
Danny Buderus has apologised to the NRL following confusion over contractual obligations, and a move to Super Rugby.
He issued the statement below:
"I wish to apologise to the NRL, the Knights, their stakeholder’s and fans for any offence I caused by accepting a pre-season coaching experience with the ACT Brumbies.
I hope to one day become an NRL coach and being in the final year of my football career, I thought the opportunity to work with the Brumbies would broaden my knowledge of coaching.
The role involved five sessions with the team during our pre-season and wouldn’t have impacted on my training or the season ahead with the Knights.
I love our game and I love the Club but accept it was an error of judgement for which I take full responsibility.
Today I have contacted the NRL to personally apologise and I accept whatever steps they believe are needed to repair any damage I have caused.
My focus, as it always has been, is on the Knights as we prepare for season 2013 and I thank the Brumbies for the opportunity to work with them."
Earlier On Triple M
Danny Buderus was rolled out as the new "collision coach" for Super Rugby franchise ACT Brumbies. Until, the NRL reminded him that he had contractual obligations.
Hear what Matty Johns and MG had to say about the embarrassing stuff up.
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Earlier On Triple M
Knights Danny Buderus will be joining Super Rugby club Brumbies for 2013.
The NRL great said the opportunity was "too good to pass up" as he becomes their Collision Coach.
"For me to be given a chance to start my coaching career with the Brumbies was an opportunity too good to pass up," Buderus told a press conference.
However the role has yet to be agreed by the NRL who have to approve all supplementary income for players.
"The final proposed agreement has not yet been seen by the Knights and needs to be submitted to and approved by the NRL to determine if the role can proceed," read the press release from the Knights.
Newcastle CEO Matt Gidley said Buderus' primary focus would still be his on-field role with the Knights.
"As Danny enters his final NRL season before retirement, we have encouraged him, as we do with all our players, to engage in wide ranging work experience in preparation for life after football," Gidley said.
Buderus will travel to Canberra one day a week up to the start of the NRL season to coach tackle-specific skills, something Brumbies coach Jake White has identified as an area to improve upon.
"For the Brumbies, we are gaining some expert advice on the initial contact and first-up tackle which is an important part of the modern game. In 2012 our defensive record was one of the best in Super Rugby, but much of that was thanks to our commitment to each other and ability to scramble," White told the media.
Danny Buderus confirmed earlier media reports Knights coach Wayne Bennett had given the 34-old the green light to prepare for life after NRL.
"Coaching is something I've always thought would be an interesting way to keep a connection with sport once I'd finished playing and this opportunity certainly allows me to start the ball rolling," Buderus added.
The Canberra-based rugby club is looking to make the Super Rugby finals after a decade-long drought coming close in 2012 under new coach Jake White.