Wallaby front-rowers Ben Alexander and Stephen Moore will remain in the Australian Capital with the University of Canberra Brumbies until the end of the 2015 Super Rugby season after extending their contracts on Thursday.
Both players re-signed with the Australian Rugby Union and the University of Canberra Brumbies for two more years, with their current contracts set to expire at the conclusion of the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Head Coach Jake White said the contract extensions provided a clear indication that the club was heading in the right direction.
“These two players extending their contracts, says to me that we are on the right track as a club. Both Ben and Steve could have continued their careers anywhere around the world so it’s encouraging to hear that they both see Canberra as their best option,” White said.
“Together they’ve played more than 100 games for the Wallabies and almost 200 at Super Rugby level. That is a significant boost to any side’s playing roster, in terms of experience and rugby knowledge.
“While it’s exciting to see the club is on track and heading in the right direction, both these guys are aware we need to keep working hard to maintain our momentum and achieve the goals we’ve set out together for the next three years.”
Both players have settled into life in Canberra, with Moore and his wife Courtney recently celebrating the birth of their first child, Theodore. The most capped Wallabies hooker of all time (76 caps), Moore is one of three Vice-Captains among the Brumbies, highlighting his importance to the playing group.
Moore said he was impressed with the program the Brumbies Coaching Staff had set in place and was excited to be contributing to the ACT community for another two years.
“Jake and the Coaching Staff have set a good rugby program in place and after speaking to my wife, we decided it was the best place for us to be,” Moore said.
“As a team we made plenty of progress in 2012, thanks largely to the rugby program and coaching structures that have been organised. I’m looking forward to contributing to that growth right through until the next World Cup.
“I’m really enjoying my rugby in Canberra and it’s comforting to know my future is confirmed here for another two years.”
2013 is Alexander’s sixth season with the University of Canberra Brumbies having made his debut against the Reds back in 2008. Since then he has become one of Australia’s most dependable props, featuring in 48 Tests and 63 Super Rugby games.
“All players want to play at a club where they can improve their game and for me the Brumbies continues to be the best fit,” Alexander said.
“I’ve been impressed with the way the rugby program has developed over the last 18 months and it’s been exciting to see the significant improvements the team has made during that period of time.
“It’s been 10 years since I left Sydney for Canberra and I’m happy to call the ACT home. My partner Jen and her family are from Canberra and being a one-club player for the Brumbies is something that means a lot to me.”
The extensions will keep both Alexander and Moore with the University of Canberra Brumbies until the next Rugby World Cup in England.
Both Alexander and Moore will tour the Northern Territory for a trial match against the Western Force on February 1. That match is in preparation for the first Super Rugby game of 2013 at Canberra Stadium against the Reds on February 16.
H/W: 186cm, 112kg
DOB: 20/01/1983, Khamis, Saudi Arabia
Senior Club: Easts, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 100
Super Rugby Points: 35 (7t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2003 (Reds) v Bulls, Pretoria
Test Rugby Caps: 76
Test Rugby Points: 25 (5t)
Test Rugby Debut: 2005 v Samoa, Sydney
H/W: 1.89m, 120kg
DOB: 13/11/1984, Sydney, NSW
Senior Club: Uni-Norths, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 63
Super Rugby Points: 75 (15t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2008 v Reds, Canberra
Test Rugby Caps: 48
Test Rugby Points: 15 (3t)
Test Rugby Debut: 2008 v France, Sydney