Cape Town - The Brumbies have temporarily relocated their training base to Newcastle due to poor air quality in the Canberra region.
The news comes after the University of Canberra announced the immediate and indefinite closure of their indoor and outdoor training facilities on campus.
The devastating fires throughout the ACT, New South Wales and Victoria has seen Canberra’s air quality become a player welfare issue and with round one less than four weeks away the side were forced to look at other options.
Staff will continue to work with the University of Canberra who are liaising with the ACT Emergency Services Authority to continue to monitor the weather and air quality conditions in Canberra and on the University campus.
The Brumbies will also continue to monitor the conditions for all other programs including Super W and Brumbies Academy with the Australian Institute of Sport also closing their facilities.
"Firstly, our thoughts are with those affected by the devastating events throughout the country," head coach Dan McKellar told the Brumbies website.
"The small changes we have had to make are nothing in comparison to the distressing position so many people in our region are sadly experiencing at the moment.
"Player welfare is always a priority and temporarily moving to Newcastle will allow us to continue to prepare for our round one match on January 3."