Ben Mowen to skipper the Brumbies

johnboy 15 February 2012 1

The Australian is reporting that new recruit Ben Mowen is going to be named Captain of the Brumbies.

He’ll be the only non-wallaby skippering a side in the Australian conference.

Passing over the excellent Stephen Moore is a bit of a surprise, but Jake White wants this to be his, and no one else’s, team and this appears to be a step in that direction.

UPDATE 15/02/12 14:00: The team have put out their full announcement (bit of a worry the organisation leaked the appointment):

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.

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One Response to Ben Mowen to skipper the Brumbies
markus_k markus_k 11:28 am 15 Feb 12

I was initially surprised at the selection over Moore too, but the more I think about it the more I like it.
Mowen should be around for the long haul, while Moore will likely depart Australia after the 2013 Lions tour. He also has the longer captaincy record, and due to the extended preseason has actually spent more time with the bulk of the young squad than Moore.

The only non-Wallaby point will become irrelevant after Elsom and Mortlock both get injured in the early rounds again anyway, as they will be replaced with a Welshman at the Rebels and, well, whoever is left standing at the Tahs.

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