Roff rates Super 12 title better than the World Cup
May 24, 2000
Wallaby winger Joe Roff says a victory for the ACT Brumbies in this weekend's Super 12 final would mean more to him than Australia's World Cup and Bledisloe Cup wins.
The Brumbies take on the two-time champion Crusaders at home this weekend and are hot favourites to win the world's toughest provincial rugby competition.
Roff, a 51 Test veteran who grew up in Canberra alongside fellow Wallabies and Brumbies team-mates Steve Larkham and George Gregan, said the possibility of victory meant more to him than all the great international wins he had been a part of.
"It's hard to put a value on what this holds," Roff said. "I think this weekend I have more personal motivation and I'd have more pride in the team's work and what's gone into winning this Super 12 than anything I've done in the past."
Roff told ABC Radio he did not want to detract from the importance of the Wallabies' World Cup final win over France.
"But on a community level and on a Canberra level and on a personal level, ACT have been battling for recognition for however many years," he said.
The 101kg winger said ACT rugby had played second fiddle to New South Wales and Queensland for long enough.
"We (the Brumbies) are the young upstarts from Canberra, we've been labelled all sort of things over the past four or five years since we've come into the competition," he said. "Being from Canberra, I'm passionate about the fact that Canberra and ACT rugby have always been considered a poorer cousin and we're not a poorer cousin - we're a team in our own right.
"To have a chance to say we're the best provincial side in the world and we come from Canberra, there's a lot of personal motivation for me and if I was to be part of this winning Super 12 Brumbies side, I'd certainly probably retire a happy man."
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