Brumbies coach Jake White.
Brumbies coach Jake White. Scott Barbour / Getty Images

Brumbies coach gives team time to prepare for NZ match

ACT Brumbies coach Jake White had no intention of taking a leaf out of his NSW Waratahs counterpart Michael Cheika's book when it comes to playing a game in New Zealand.

The Tahs tried something new last week and headed across the ditch only the night before the 41-29 loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday - arriving just 12 hours before a game is something White won't be doing this week.

The Australian Conference leading Brumbies, who dropped to second overall after drawing 28-all against the Super Rugby new boys, the Southern Kings in Canberra last Friday, tackle the struggling Highlanders in Dunedin this Friday and they are already en route.

White and his 23-man squad left yesterday and will spend today and Thursday training in Dunedin before the showdown against the last-placed Highlanders, the only team still without a win this season.

"There is no secret to it. It's our first trip to New Zealand and it takes a long time to get to Dunedin," the former Springbok coach said.

"We just wanted to get there as soon as possible and start preparing."