Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and the Australian Rugby Union have appointed Stephen Moore to lead Australia this international season. A veteran of 92 Tests and Australia’s all-time most capped hooker, Moore has been reinstated as Wallabies Captain, following a season-ending injury in his first outing as skipper. Moore will be well supported in the role with 2014 Wallabies Captain Michael Hooper and Test centurion Adam Ashley-Cooper named as the team’s vice-captains.
Now in his 11th season of International Rugby, Moore is the current Brumbies skipper and became Australia’s 81st Test captain when he led the team out in the opening Test against France in June last year. Moore says: ‘It’s an honour every time you get to wear the Wallabies jumper, and to be captain is extra special, but ultimately it’s what you do with it that is most important. It was extremely humbling to have the opportunity last year but it went very quickly, so to be given another chance to represent this group that has so many leaders is a privilege, and something I hold dearly. Australian Rugby is lucky to have many good leaders in this team who lead by actions and we have already spent some quality time together, defining our identity, what we are about and what we stand for. I’m really excited about what we can achieve in the next four months. It is a very special opportunity for all of us, and it starts in Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on July 18 against the Springboks.’