Ex-Stingray Enever impresses at Brumbies' Super 15 chase
FORMER Brisbane Broncos hard man Peter Ryan is adamant Blake Enever has all the attributes to become a major contributor to the Brumbies' assault on the 2015 Super 15 title.
Ryan has been hugely impressed by the former Sunshine Coast Stingray's skill set, including his improvement in defence.
And Ryan should know.
Melbourne Storm premiership-winning coach Craig Bellamy once referred to Ryan - the Brumbies' defensive coach - as the most devastating defender in the NRL.
The dual Broncos premiership winner has taken a big interest in Enever and considers him a certainty to add to his sole Super Rugby appearance this season.
"I believe for certain he will play Super Rugby this year and (Brumbies coach) Stephen Larkham doesn't employ players to be also-rans," he said.
"I would imagine at some stage he will be either starting or on the bench in this year's Super Rugby season."
Enever and Ryan both joined the Brumbies last November and bunked together during a two-week training camp during the off-season.
"I was fortunate enough to have Blake stay with me in an apartment and we were living together for a couple of weeks," Ryan said.
"I got to know him quite well personally off the field and he's just a lovely kid."
But it is Enever's imposing 200cm, 115kg frame that excites Ryan the most.
Enever played strongly in last Friday's trial against the Western Force in Perth and was subsequently named in the Brumbies squad to play the Highlanders in Wagga Wagga on Saturday night.
Ryan, who also played for Queensland before switching to the 15-man code in 2000 with the Brumbies, is excited at the potential of the former Sunshine Coast Grammar student.
"He is definitely a massive specimen in terms of the size of him," Ryan said.
"He is a man mountain and is certainly going to have some presence on the field this year."
Ryan, the first player in history to win an NRL grand final and a Super 15 title, described Enever as the complete package.
"His improvement in regards to his tackling technique and his contact has been really good, so I regard him very highly," he said.
Enever spent three years with the Queensland Reds train-on squad before signing a one-year contract with the ACT at the end of last season.