THE NEW Wallabies captain is set to be confirmed in an announcement on the Gold Coast today.
ACT Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore is tipped to take the role for the three Test series against France starting on Saturday in Brisbane and go on to lead Australia in next year’s Rugby World Cup campaign.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Brumbies Coach Stephen Larkham endorsed the move, saying the 91-Test hooker is the ”ideal man”.
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”He speaks well in front of the group, always says the right things and is very disciplined off the field,” Larkham said.
“He’s been the most consistent performer for the Wallabies in the past year, and for the Brumbies. He’s continually putting in and leading off the field and leading by example on the field.”
Highly respected Moore, 31, will get his chance to lead the Wallabies almost a decade after starting his Test career.
Moore has also been backed by World Cup-winning coaches Rod Macqueen and Bob Dwyer and former Wallabies skipper Nick Farr-Jones as the man to replace outgoing skipper Ben Mowen.
The decision to have Moore installed as the new captain was reportedly approved at an ARU board meeting last week.
Moore was a leading candidate with former captains James Horwill and Will Genia, and a future leader, 22-year-old flanker Michael Hooper.