Hooker Stephen Moore to captain Wallabies

Australia head coach Michael Cheika has named Stephen Moore to lead the Wallabies
for the international season which includes the Rugby Championship and Rugby
World Cup.

Ninety-two-cap Moore is Australia’s all-time most capped hooker and the
Brumbies leader resumes the captaincy , following a season-ending injury in
his first outing as skipper.

Moore will be well supported in the role with 2014 Wallabies Captain
Michael Hooper and Test centurion Adam Ashley-Cooper named as the team’s
vice-captains.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said: “Having spoken to the two
vice-captains prior to Stephen, both of them couldn’t have made a higher
endorsement of Stephen to the lead them personally, this playing group and our
country.

“Leadership is going to be a massive part of this journey, and both Adam
and Michael will have a big part to play in supporting Stephen.

“Stephen is not only a player who leads by example on the field, but he
is a man who exemplifies the qualities of a Wallabies captain and it is a testament
to his character that he has been able to overcome a setback and put himself
in a position to lead his country again.

“He has a tremendous amount of respect not only from within this playing
group, but across the board in our organisation and universally within the game.”

Now in his 11th season of International Rugby, Moore is the current Brumbies
skipper and became Australia’s 81st Test captain when he led the team
out in the opening Test against France in June last year.

Moore said: “It’s an honour every time you get to wear the Wallabies
jumper, and to be captain is extra special, but ultimately it’s what you
do with it that is most important.

“It was extremely humbling to have the opportunity last year but it went
very quickly, so to be given another chance to represent this group that has
so many leaders is a privilege, and something I hold dearly.

“Australian Rugby is lucky to have many good leaders in this team who
lead by actions and we have already spent some quality time together, defining
our identity, what we are about and what we stand for.

“I’m really excited about what we can achieve in the next four months.
It is a very special opportunity for all of us, and it starts in Brisbane at
Suncorp Stadium on July 18 against the Springboks”

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