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Stephen Moore will Captain the University of Canberra Brumbies in 2015 after Head Coach Stephen Larkham unveiled his new skipper on Wednesday.
Australia’s most accomplished hooker, Moore has played more than 200 first class games at every level of rugby for Queensland, the Wallabies, the UC Brumbies and the Barbarians.
Moore has already captained the UC Brumbies on two occasions – in 2011 against the Stormers in Canberra and in 2012 against the Lions in Johannesburg. He was named Wallabies Captain for the 2014 International season, but suffered season-ending knee injury just minutes into his tenure against France in June.
But 2015 will be the first Moore has led the UC Brumbies from the start of the season, an achievement he said he was humbled by.
“Since moving here and starting a family I’ve come to appreciate what a special place Canberra is and what it has to offer,” Moore said.
“2015 will be my seventh year playing and living in Canberra, I’ve made a home here and it’s an honour to be able to represent the region in this way.
“People come to the Brumbies and to Canberra is search of opportunity and to become better at what they do. In my own case, I think that I have improved as a player and a person since arriving here and I’d like to play a part in ensuring those characteristics continue for people who come to the Brumbies.
“We have a strong, enthusiastic playing group locked in for the 2015 season and I am looking forward to the challenges Captaincy will bring.”
A Wallabies teammate during the twilight years of Larkham’s playing career, the UC Brumbies Head Coach was elated to have Moore, one of the world’s most decorated players, available to lead his side in 2015.
“Steve is widely respected around Australia as one of the finest players this country has ever produced and it’s a pleasure to instate him as our Captain,” Larkham said.
“I’ve been impressed with the way Steve has carried himself on the occasions he has been Captain of the Brumbies over the last few years. And I was particularly pleased with the way he led the Wallabies the week leading into that first Test against the French this year.
“On the field Steve leads by example with everything he does and off the field he is a great role model for younger players coming through the ranks and people who admire rugby and the Brumbies in the community.”
Super Rugby Debut: 2003 v Bulls, Pretoria (Reds)
Super Rugby Caps: 131 (Queensland Reds 46, UC Brumbies 85)
Super Rugby Points: 50 (10t)
Test Debut: 2005 v Samoa, Sydney
Test Caps: 92
Test Pts: 25 (5t)