Stephen Moore appointed Wallabies captain for 2015

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    Stephen Moore will captain Australia at the World Cup. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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    Hooker Stephen Moore has been chosen to lead the Wallabies to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in 2015, getting the nod over his fill in Michael Hooper and Brumbies’ teammate David Pocock.

    Moore lasted just one minute as Wallabies’ captain in 2014, injuring his ACL in the first Test of the season against France and not playing in the gold jersey for the rest of the year.

    He will be hoping for better fortunes in this important season, as the Wallabies play a shortened Rugby Championship and then head over the England for the Rugby World Cup.

    A veteran of 92 Tests, Moore is one of the only Wallabies who commands selection in his position available in the squad.

    Michael Hooper and Adam Ashley-Cooper have been named as the team’s vice-captains.

    Michael Cheika said Moore was the right man to lead Australia to the World Cup.

    “Having spoken to the two vice-captains prior to Stephen, both of them couldn’t have made a higher endorsement of Stephen to the lead them personally, this playing group and our country.

    “Leadership is going to be a massive part of this journey, and both Adam and Michael will have a big part to play in supporting Stephen.

    “Stephen is not only a player who leads by example on the field, but he is a man who exemplifies the qualities of a Wallabies captain and it is a testament to his character that he has been able to overcome a setback and put himself in a position to lead his country again.

    “He has a tremendous amount of respect not only from within this playing group, but across the board in our organisation and universally within the game.”

    Moore became the Wallabies’ 81st Test captain when he led the team out last year, and said he was humbled at the opportunity to lead Australia again.

    “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”