Brumbies to name streamlined leadership group

Canberra based Super Rugby franchise the Brumbies have revealed that they will be streamlining their leadership group for upcoming the Super Rugby season.

The Brumbies used Fotu Auelua, Clyde Rathbone, David Pocock, Christian Lealiifano and Stephen Moore and captain Ben Mowen last year for their leadership group.

For the 2015 Super Rugby season Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham will name a new three man team consisting of captain Stephen Moore and two vice-captains.

The announcement is expected to come on Thursday this week as the 2015 season kick off is now less than a month away.

Larkham will be able to choose from former Test captain David Pocock, Nic White, Scott Fardy, Christian Lealiifano, Ben Alexander, Sam Carter and Matt Toomua who all have Wallabies experience.

The Brumbies now have a wealth of international talent compared to three years ago when they could only boast three Wallabies.

Brumbies lock Sam Carter has insisted that with the combination of experience and personnel in the squad they have the potential to be title contenders in 2015.

“Mowen has left but we’ve got Stephen Moore who is a fantastic leader … I think we’ve got a great combination of leaders in the group,” Carter told The Canberra Times.

“Any one can step up in those roles now, we’ve got enough experience to provide a leadership figure for the group.

“We’re looking for everyone to step up and take it to a new level, both with our game in general and in leadership roles.”

Hooker Moore will take over from Mowen as captain but as he is in a race to be fit for the season opening match against the Reds Larkham will name an interim captain for their pre-season trials against the Western Force and Highlanders.

The 2015 Super Rugby season will be Larkham’s first in charge of the Brumbies on his own as last year he shared the role with Laurie Fisher who left to coach in Gloucester England.

In 2014 Mowen was the Brumbies’ lineout technician but Carter who played three Tests for the Wallabies on their end of year tour or Scott Fardy will take over the role for 2015.

“Fards and I are both running lineouts at the moment, nothing has been set in concrete yet but one of us will take that on,” Carter said.

“But we’ve got flexibility and that’s the most important thing. Obviously I’m going to have to step up this year and I’ve got to improve, I’m looking forward to that challenge.

“The most important thing right now is playing consistent rugby for the Brumbies and not worry about the World Cup until the team’s announced.”

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