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Veteran hooker Stephen Moore to skipper Australia

Last Updated: 02/06/14 6:51am

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Stephen Moore: Will skipper Australia during the series with France

Stephen Moore: Will skipper Australia during the series with France

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Stephen Moore has been named as Australia's captain for the three-Test series against France.

Brumbies hooker Moore, who has been capped 91 times, will be assisted by vice-captains Michael Hooper and Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Australia tackle France in Brisbane on June 7, before games in Melbourne and Sydney on June 14 and June 21 respectively.

“It’s extremely humbling to be given the opportunity, especially when you consider the number of exceptional leaders we have in the current Australian squad,” Moore said.

Privilege

“It’s a huge honour but for me the most important thing is not about getting an opportunity, it’s ultimately about what you do with it.

“It’s an absolute privilege every time you wear the green and gold jersey and as captain I want to ensure this attitude is reflected through the actions of the entire squad in everything we do.”

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie added: "He has been in and around the leadership setup at a provincial and national level for a long time and as a result has experienced and seen almost every possible sporting leadership scenario.
                  
"He won't be fazed by the challenge of captaincy. He understands what works well and why and I think the added responsibility will suit him and the direction we are taking the team."

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