Hooker to re- as­sume Wal­la­bies lead­er­ship

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AS­SIGNED to cap­tain the Wal­la­bies to the World Cup, vet­eran hooker Stephen Moore says he will lead by ex­am­ple.

Moore, 32, re­ceived the nod as cap­tain go­ing into the 2015 in­ter­na­tional sea­son from coach Michael Cheika yes­ter­day ahead of in­cum­bent skip­per Michael Hooper, who was named vice- cap­tain along with Adam Ash­ley- Cooper.

The ap­point­ment comes a year af­ter Moore was orig­i­nally given the hon­our by former coach Ewen McKen­zie, only for a se­ri­ous knee in­jury to strike him just mo­ments into his de­but Test as skip­per against France in Bris­bane.

That in­jury ruled him out for the rest of 2014 but Moore said he felt re­freshed and ready to em­brace the role once more, as the Wal­la­bies take their first steps on the road to World Cup in Eng­land and Wales in Septem­ber- Novem­ber.

“I didn’t get much of a crack at it last year so I’m get­ting many of the same feel­ings and emo­tions that I had last year,” Moore said. “I missed out on all the games last year so for me per­son­ally, I feel re­ally fresh men­tally.”

Moore was not mak­ing any big pre­dic­tions for the loom­ing Rugby Cham­pi­onship and Bledis­loe Cup con­tests or for the World Cup, and he in­di­cated that “ac­tions speak­ing louder than words” style would also mark his cap­taincy.

“It starts with my per­for­mance and I know first and fore­most that is the way I like to lead,” said Moore.

Stephen Moore.

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