The University of Canberra Brumbies have announced Ben Mowen as their Captain for the 2012 FxPro Super Rugby season.
Mowen has garnered a wealth of support from his team mates and coaching staff at the University Canberra Brumbies since arriving for pre-season training almost nine months ago.
Along with Mowen, Head Coach Jake White has also appointed three Vice-Captains in Stephen Moore, Dan Palmer and Pat McCabe.
An experienced leader, Mowen has previously skippered the Australian Under 21’s (2005) and the NSW Waratahs development tours.
With one of the youngest teams in the FxPro Super Rugby competition, Mowen will call upon all his leadership qualities in 2012 to guide the University of Canberra Brumbies through to a new era.
“I’m excited because I believe in what the team can do,” Mowen said.
“We have been together for close to nine months now as a team, and we have seen the benefit of those combinations through the trials.”
“We have spoken about the need to be desperate as a group, and what we will and won’t accept from each other as our standards for 2012.
“It’s not a rebuilding year we are here for. I feel very fortunate to be chosen to represent the group, and I can see a huge self belief building within the team.”
During the University of Canberra Brumbies long pre-season campaign, White has continually reiterated his desire to have a Captain who compliments his direction and is well respected by the team.
He said Mowen filled that gap perfectly.
“With so many new faces it’s taken time for the team to settle, but from the time he arrived you could see that Ben is a leader and that he has the respect of the team,” White said.
“He has a long history of leading teams, in particular his work with the 2005 Australian Under 21’s was impressive. That team made the finals of the tournament and with players like Ben Alexander, Benn Robinson, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Cameron Shepherd.
“I’m also pleased to announce our three Vice-Captains, who will have significant impact on how the team operates both on and off the field.”
Ben Mowen – Captain
Position: No. 8
DOB: 01/12/1984, Brisbane
Senior Club: Tuggeranong, ACT
Provincial Rugby Caps: 48 [QLD 7, NSW 41]
Provincial Rugby Points: 15 (3t)
Provincial Rugby Debut: 2006 v Sharks [QLD]
Super Rugby Caps: 42 [Reds 1, Waratahs 41]
Super Rugby Points: 15 (3t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2006 v Sharks [QLD]
With just eight games to play in a University of Canberra Brumbies jersey until he reaches the 50 club, Ben Mowen lands in Canberra from the Waratahs as one of the most experienced back-rowers in Australia. A hard worker and energetic leader, Mowen’s ability to lead and inspire were key reasons for Jake White to appoint him Captain of such a young University of Canberra Brumbies side. Mowen will head up a talented back row at No. 8 in 2012 alongside the likes of Ita Vaea, Michael Hooper, Colby Faingaa, Peter Kimlin, Dylan Sigg and Scott Fardy. A former Australian Under 21’s Captain, Mowen was involved with the 2005 squad that featured players like Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Cameron Shepherd, Ben Robinson and Digby Ioane.
Stephen Moore – Vice-Captain
DOB: 20/01/1983, Khamis, Saudi Arabia
Senior Club: Easts, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 84
Super Rugby Points: 35 (7t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2003 (Reds) v Bulls, Pretoria
Test Rugby Caps: 65
Test Rugby Points: 25 (5t)
Test Rugby Debut: 2005 v Samoa, Sydney
Stephen Moore is the Brumbies’ first-choice hooker and regarded as one of the pre-eminent rakes in world rugby. The winner of the University of Canberra Brumbies Best Forward award for the most recent Super Rugby season was crucial in keeping the team together in 2011, showing leadership skills both on and off the field for players of all ages and experience. The burly front-rower has forged a highly-regarded reputation on the strength of his set piece, ability to cross the gain line and tight defence. Moore was the 33rd Wallaby to reach 50 Test caps in a memorable milestone match in Bloemfontein where the Australians defeated the Springboks for the first time at altitude in 47 years.
Dan Palmer – Vice Captain
DOB: 13/09/1998, Shellharbour, NSW
Senior Club: Gungahlin, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 22
Super Rugby Debut: 2008 (Waratahs) v Highlanders, Dunedin
Dan Palmer is widely regarded as the best scrummaging brain in Australia. His technical finesse and ability to read angles have become the envy of most forwards coaches around Australia, providing the 23-year-old bookend the perfect platform to grab a Wallabies jersey in the near future. A proud Illawarra boy, Palmer made his debut for the Waratahs in 2008 having made his way to the sky-blue jersey via the Australian Schoolboys, Under 19's and Under 20's. Palmer has led the forward pack's scrummaging sessions throughout the University of Canberra Brumbies pre-season and rising stars like Scott Sio, Jerry Yanuyanutawa and Jono Owen all credit him with improving their game.
Patrick McCabe – Vice-Captain
Position: Utility back
DOB: 21/03/1988, Sydney, NSW
Senior Club: Western Districts, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 27
Super Rugby Points: 20 (4t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2010 v Force, Perth
Test Rugby Caps: 11
Test Rugby Points: 10 (2t)
Test Rugby Debut: 2010 v Italy, Florence
As one of four players in the University of Canberra Brumbies with Test match experience, Pat McCabe will be looked upon to lead a young backline in 2012, despite having made his own debut just two years ago. McCabe made his first appearance in a Wallabies jersey during the 2010 Spring Tour, the same year he debuted for the University of Canberra Brumbies, taking the field against Italy in Florence for a cameo effort. Following this McCabe went on to claim another 10 Test caps, rising to fame as Australia's first choice inside-centre during the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. McCabe is widely regarded as one of the world's best defensive backs, rarely missing a tackle or finding himself outdone by an attacker.