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Moore to lead Wallabies

Stephen Moore has been named captain of Australia for the Rugby World Cup and the rest of the 2015 international season.

The 92-Test veteran and the Wallabies' all-time most capped hooker has been reinstated to the role by coach Michael Cheika after a season-ending injury in his first season as skipper.

The 32-year-old will be supported by vice-captains Michael Hooper and Test centurion Adam Ashley-Cooper.

After making the announcement, Cheika told Australian Rugby's official website: "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.

"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."

Australia begin their international campaign in the run up to this autumn's World Cup in England and Wales with The Rugby Championship, which begins against South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday 18 July.


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