Moore rules himself out as captain
Sydney - Australia captain Stephen Moore is not interested in leading
the Reds in Super Rugby this year.
The Reds were joined by their Wallaby players this week as
preparation under new coach Nick Stiles gets underway.
The squad are keen to
make up for a poor campaign in 2016, Stiles bringing Quade Cooper back from
France and signing Moore from the Brumbies.
James Slipper captained the Reds last season and Moore
confirmed to Fox Sports that he does not want to be considered for the role.
"No," Moore bluntly said when asked if he was
interested in the Reds captaincy.
"A big part of my role here is to help James and the
other leaders as well. It takes a team. The team with the most leaders often
does the best.
"If we can establish a strong culture around leadership
and not rely too much on one or two people it will be a step in the right direction.
James did a great job in a tough environment last year. He’s only going to
learn and improve from that."
Regardless of who carries the official title, Stiles still
has plenty of experience in his squad.
George Smith, a veteran of 111 Test caps, will join the club
when his commitments with Japanese club Suntory finish later this month.
Higginbotham is due back in Australia soon after Stiles dismissed concerns he
had injured himself in Japan.