“I seriously have no idea how I’m going to survive”: Fans plea for Brumbies survival

The ACT Brumbies’ most passionate supporter says “I seriously have no idea how I’m going to survive” if the club is axed from the Super Rugby competition.

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His name is Trevor Hancock, but rugby fans are more likely to know him as “Brumbies Man” – the ACT’s most dedicated fan.

Hancock has supported the ACT Brumbies since day one and can be found at every home game – and some away matches – decked out in a blue and gold three-piece suit.

His son Josh, dubbed “Brumbies Boy”, can also be spotted in a superhero outfit of his own along with his friend Ben.

It takes a lot for Hancock to miss a Brumbies game at Canberra Stadium, and there could only be five left should the club be axed from Super Rugby.

SANZAAR is considering a Super Rugby overhaul that could see three teams culled from the competition, with one Australian and two South African teams in the firing line.

The Brumbies sit atop the Australian conference and Hancock says while on-field results help, that isn’t what makes the club “worth fighting for”.

“It’s not what they do on the field that makes the Brumbies so special – it’s their engagement off the field,” Hancock said.

“They make you feel part of their club. I’m Brumbies man so I dress up crazily for each game and my boy does the same. But they don’t ever make me feel like a fanatic or a fan, they make me feel like a friend, as one of their friends, one of their mates.

“They’ll come up wherever they see me and they’ll say ‘G’day Trev, how’s Josh and Ben going?’ They really take that interest in me as a person as well as someone that loves the team.

“That’s what will crush me if they’re the ones that go. I’ll feel like I’m losing all my mates.”

Hancock’s love of the Brumbies has taken him to Sydney, Brisbane, and even as far as New Zealand to watch the 2013 Super Rugby final against the Waikato Chiefs.

Hancock has joined the club in calling on the Canberra community to get out and support the Brumbies for the remainder of the season after lacklustre crowds for the first two home games.

“If there was any way I could convince Canberra how special and how lucky we are to have the Brumbies, I would in a heartbeat,” Hancock said.

“We need Canberra to recognise what we’ve got and get out there to show the ARU, show SANZAAR that we’re worth fighting for.”

Hancock watched on as the Brumbies recorded their ninth consecutive Australian derby win against the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday night.

In prime position near the Brumbies bench, the playing group came over and shook his hand and posed for photos after the game.

“To be honest I think Canberra as a whole, as a community don’t realise how lucky we are to have the Brumbies as a club,” Hancock said.

“With Canberra being such a tight-knit community, the players go above and beyond to make you feel part of that community.

“Benny [Alexander] brought over the Dan Vickerman Cup and let me and Josh hold it for a photo with him. We get that sort of engagement.

“All the players came over and shook my hand and gave me a hug and said ‘How are you going? Thanks for coming up.’ That sort of engagement is what makes it.”