Moore to lead Wallabies

2014-06-02 09:27
Stephen Moore (File)

Sydney - Hooker Stephen Moore will captain the Wallabies in the opening Test against France this weekend, coach Ewen McKenzie said on Monday.

Moore, 31, is Australia's most capped hooker with 91 Tests and is in his 10th season with the Wallabies.

"It is a huge personal achievement in being chosen to lead your country," McKenzie said.

"Stephen has been in and around the leadership setup at a provincial and national level for a long time and as a result has experienced and seen almost every possible sporting leadership scenario. He wont be fazed by the challenge of captaincy.

"He understands what works well and why, and I think the added responsibility will suit him and the direction we are taking the team.

Moore replaces Ben Mowen as skipper after the flank opted to play in France after the 2014 Super Rugby season instead of leading the Wallabies to the 2015 World Cup.

"Captaincy is a 24/7 commitment and one where the person chosen must be heavily involved in the day-to-day business functions of the teams," McKenzie said.

"Stephen ticks all of those boxes, in addition to being a player who leads by example on the field.

Moore said he was honoured to captain the Wallabies.

"It's extremely humbling to be given the opportunity, especially when you consider the number of exceptional leaders we have in the current Australian squad," Moore said.

McKenzie said that flanker Michael Hooper and winger Adam Ashley-Cooper will be Australia's vice-captains against France.

Australia play France in three Tests, starting in Brisbane on Saturday and followed by internationals in Melbourne (June 14) and Sydney (June 21).

Read more on:    stephen moore  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

How will the Springboks fare in their three end of year tour Tests against England, Italy and Wales?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.