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Hooker Stephen Moore named Wallabies captain; to chart course to 2015 World Cup

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SYDNEY - Hooker and 91-test veteran Stephen Moore has been named Wallabies captain for this month's test series against France and the important lead-up to next year's Rugby World Cup.

Moore, who takes over the leadership almost a decade after his Australia debut, succeeds Ben Mowen who has relinquished the captaincy to continue his professional career in France.

Center Adam Ashley-Cooper and flanker Michael Hooper have been appointed vice captains in a seasoned leadership group which coach Ewen McKenzie said is "empowered to help set a new direction towards the Rugby World Cup in 2015."

Moore said being appointed captain is "extremely humbling ... but for me the most important thing is not about getting an opportunity, it's ultimately about what you do with it".

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