Ben Mowen

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Ben Mowen
Ben Mowen 2010.jpg
Full name Ben Mowen
Date of birth (1984-12-01) 1 December 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Brisbane, Australia
Height 195 cm (6 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb; 240 lb)
School Villanova College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker / Number 8
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014- Montpellier ()
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006
2008–11
2012–14
Reds
Waratahs
Brumbies
1
40
50
((0)
(15)
(30))
Correct as of 27 July 2014
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–
2005
Australia
Australia U-21
15 ((5))
Correct as of 1 December 2013

Ben Mowen (born 1 December 1984) is an Australian professional rugby union player. He was the captain of the ACT Brumbies rugby union club in the Super Rugby competition[2] and the Australia national rugby union team.[3] He usually plays at blindside flanker or number-eight.[4]

Early life[edit]

Mowen was born in Brisbane and educated at Villanova College. He was played for the Brisbane Easts club, and captained the Queensland under 19s. At the 2005 Under 21 Rugby World Championship he captained Australia to finish second.[1]

Rugby career[edit]

Mowen made his Super Rugby debut in 2006 Super 14 season for the Queensland Reds against the Sharks.[1] He made only other six appearances for Reds during the season, all being in non-competition matches, so he moved to the Waratahs in 2007, joining Randwick in the Shute Shield competition.[1]

Late in the 2011 Super Rugby season Mowen was forced to leave the Waratahs to allow for Rocky Elsom's return from the Brumbies.[5] In July 2011 Mowen signed a two-year contract to play under Jake White at the Brumbies,[6] being made captain for the 2012 season. In June 2013, former Wallaby, Stephen Larkham stated that, after some doubts, Mowen had turned out to be one of the best leaders he has ever encountered.[7]

He made his Wallaby debut on 22 June 2013, against the British and Irish Lions in the position of blindside flanker. He maintained his spot in the team for the entire series. On 31 October 2013, he replaced James Horwill as captain of the Wallabies.[8]

Mowen will leave Australia at the end of the 2014 Super Rugby season.[9][10] He has said of his departure from test rugby: "I am probably the first (Wallabies captain to be in this situation), but I'm also probably the first bloke to make his Test debut at 28 and retire at 29."[11]

Reference list[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Wallabies profile". rugby.com.au. Archived from the original on 7 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile". Brumbies. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Magnay, Jacquelin (31 October 2013). "James Horwill axed from Wallabies leadership, Ben Mowen captain for Test". Australian. News. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Daniel (17 February 2011). "Bigger Ben: Mowen ready to throw 114kg frame around". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Waratahs show Mowen the exit door to clear the way for Elsom". smh.com.au. 10 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "NSW Waratahs backrower Ben Mowen signs two-year deal with Brumbies". foxsports.com.au. 6 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ben Mowen shows benefit of hard work". espnscrum.com. 21 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Robinson, Georgina. "Horwill stripped of Wallabies' captaincy". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. 
  9. ^ "Mowen announces Brumbies departure at season's end" (Press release). Brumbies. 9 January 2014. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  10. ^ ARU Media Unit (9 January 2014). "Ben Mowen to pursue international opportunities from 2015" (Press release). Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Cooper in line for Wallabies captaincy". tvnz.co.nz. 9 January 2014. 

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Preceded by
David Pocock
Australian national rugby union captain
2013
Succeeded by
Stephen Moore