Rugby Stephen Moore reinstated as Wallabies skipper

Australia coach Michael Cheika reinstated Stephen Moore as captain on Monday, with Adam Ashley-Cooper and Michael Hooper announced as joint vice captains.

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Stephen Moore reinstated as Wallabies skipper

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Australia coach Michael Cheika reinstated Stephen Moore as captain on Monday, with Adam Ashley-Cooper and Michael Hooper announced as joint vice-captains.

Moore will lead the Wallabies at the 2015 Rugby Championship and Rugby World Cup, with the 32-year-old hooker regaining the captaincy post after lasting just five minutes of his debut as skipper last year.

The ACT Brumbies captain ruptured two knee ligaments against France in Brisbane.

Cheika claimed both Hooper and Ashley-Cooper backed Moore for the top job.

"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," the 48-year-old coach said in a statement.

"Leadership is going to be a massive part of this journey, and both Adam and Michael will have a big part to play in supporting Stephen.

"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."

Moore has played 92 Tests for Australia and effectively replaces Hooper as captain, with the latter having covered for the veteran hooker last year.

"It was extremely humbling to have the opportunity last year but it went very quickly, so to be given another chance to represent this group that has so many leaders is a privilege, and something I hold dearly," he said.

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