As hard as he’s tried, Tomas Cubelli just can’t help spitting out orders in Spanish.
But the Brumbies’ new Argentine Super Rugby half reckons his teammates are getting used to it.
Cubelli has enjoyed a solid start to his time in Canberra, scoring a try on debut and working well alongside co-captain Christian Lealiifano.
“I’m getting more comfortable with my game,” he said on Wednesday.
The 45-Test playmaker’s focus has been on communication on the field – knowing when and how to talk.
While it’s made easier with Lealiifano on his outside and a forward pack full of Wallabies, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing.
“Sometimes, it goes out in Spanish but, at the same time, they’re getting used to some Spanish words,” he laughed.
“My speaking in the team has to be natural … and not forcing it, because it is a team that works really and I just have to do my part.
“Communication is good, but over-communication is sometimes not so good.”
Coach Stephen Larkham branded Cubelli the best running halfback the Brumbies had seen before the season started.
He showed plenty of speed and flair in round one against the Hurricanes, but took a slightly different approach in last Friday’s tough win over the NSW Waratahs.
The 26-year-old said his running game didn’t suit every opponent and that versatility was key at No.9.
“(I’ll) keep working my running game if the coach likes it,” he added.
“But at the same time, I have to keep working on the other aspects of the game so, if the game demands another thing, I can do it as good as my running.
“Sometimes, games are for running more, depends on the defences.”
The speed of Super Rugby hasn’t shocked Cubelli, who rates the intensity similar to the Rugby Championship.
He embarks on his first tour with the Brumbies this week, first to Perth then South Africa next week.
“I’m really excited about the trip,” he added.
“I think good times are coming. The team is really focused and that makes me be very focused as well.”