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Brumbies Skipper Ben Mowen jumping ship

johnboy 9 January 2014 7

Adding somewhat to the sense of crisis around the Brumbies the SMH has word that the Brumbies inspirational captain will head off into the sunset at the end of this season:

Wallabies and ACT Brumbies captain Ben Mowen will quit Australian rugby on Thursday, deciding to put family before his World Cup dream and move his career to Europe at the end of 2014.

In a move which will shock Australian rugby and the Brumbies, Fairfax Media can reveal Mowen, 29, says an intense travel schedule and missing time with daughter Eleanor convinced him it was time to put family first.

One last season of “throw it to Ben” then.

UPDATE: The Brumbies have now made a statement:

After three Super Rugby campaigns as skipper of the University of Canberra Brumbies, 2014 will be Ben Mowen’s final season with the ACT-based club after the 29 year old announced he will move to France.

The current Wallabies and UC Brumbies Captain has recently started a young family and with the high travel demands of a player of his standing he felt this was the best time to stand aside.

Arriving from the Waratahs at the end of 2011, Mowen quickly set about becoming a major contributor to the UC Brumbies team culture and standards.

Heading into the 2014 Super Rugby season Mowen sits fourth on the list of most-capped UC Brumbies captains on 33 and at a national level was named the Wallabies 80th skipper in 2013, in Perth against Argentina.

Mowen was named the UC Brumbies Best Forward in 2013 and is widely regarded as one of Australia’s best loose forwards. Over the last two seasons Mowen has developed into a captain who puts everything into game day, pays attention to detail for preparation and recovery and consistently makes the right decisions under pressure.

Mowen said it was a difficult decision to make but felt the club was well equipped to move forward.

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7 Responses to Brumbies Skipper Ben Mowen jumping ship
Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 5:35 pm 09 Jan 14

Roundhead89 said :

I suppose someone has already used the phrase rats leaving a sinking ship…

They beat the British and Irish Lions and were runners up in the Super Rugby comp in 2013. I don’t understand what ship is sinking?

Roundhead89 Roundhead89 3:32 pm 09 Jan 14

I suppose someone has already used the phrase rats leaving a sinking ship…

pptvb pptvb 3:05 pm 09 Jan 14

I posted the below cutting on the Wallaby FB page. It was under their press release about Mowen leaving.
Their post has since mysteriously disappeared.

Mowen agreed to terms with the Brumbies until 2015, on the proviso he also gets an ARU top-up, which is not forthcoming.

The cash-strapped ARU is limiting top-ups to players.

They have introduced a policy where players will only get top-up payments if they have played for more than two years with the Wallabies.

In that scenario, Mowen would have to wait until 2015 for a top-up to his Brumbies salary, because he only made his Test debut this year at the age of 28.

But a frustration among players is that the ARU makes concessions for code-hoppers, such as current Wallabies fullback Israel Folau.

The ARU paid Folau a top-up to reject league and play rugby after he left the AFL, and he received a significant upgrade when he renegotiated his contract in late August, having played just five Tests.

They did the same with ex-leaguies Lote Tuqiri, Wendell Sailor and Mat Rogers.

Mowen confirmed he had no deal with the ARU but referred the matter to his manager David Shand, who confirmed his client’s predicament.

“He signed with the Brumbies, who have been good, now we’re trying to get the ARU part of the deal done,” Shand said.

CrocodileGandhi CrocodileGandhi 2:50 pm 09 Jan 14

MarkJ said :

Or a sign that he thinks he probably won’t make the starting XV when (if?) the likes of Higginbotham, Pocock, Palu etc are fit.

A traffic cone would provide more value on the pitch than Palu.

MarkJ MarkJ 1:16 pm 09 Jan 14

Or a sign that he thinks he probably won’t make the starting XV when (if?) the likes of Higginbotham, Pocock, Palu etc are fit.

johnboy johnboy 11:20 am 09 Jan 14

One could take this as a real sign of no confidence in the 2015 world cup campaign.

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