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Ben Mowen confident ACT Brumbies have a succession plan

Departing Brumbies skipper, Ben Mowen.

Departing Brumbies skipper, Ben Mowen. Photo: Getty Images

Departing ACT Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen is adamant the club will benefit from "fresh leadership" when he leaves Australia this week, insisting he moves to France with no regrets.

Mowen is the most capped skipper in Brumbies history, having led the club's Super Rugby revival over the past three seasons.

He has already left Canberra to embark on his three-year deal with French club Montpellier, Mowen's departure coinciding with the Brumbies' director of rugby, Laurie Fisher, accepting a position abroad.

But Mowen said he was confident the Brumbies could go on to win a Super Rugby championship with Stephen Larkham as coach.

"It's definitely the right time for me to go. It's disappointing not to have won the Super Rugby title but I know it's right," Mowen said.

"I honestly believe the Brumbies have the squad to win it in the next few years and I thought we could have won the title this year ... this group deserves it and hopefully I get to witness that from France.

"I don't think [the Brumbies] have to do anything drastically different; it's just about being desperate in the championship moments. They'll be better for it next year."

Mowen was initially a shock choice as skipper in 2012, then-coach Jake White appointing him in his first season at the club. But his leadership was pivotal in the Brumbies' ascent back to the finals.

Larkham will have to choose a suitable replacement, with the most likely candidates hooker Stephen Moore, flanker David Pocock, scrumhalf Nic White and playmakers Christian Lealiifano and Matt Toomua.

Reluctant to anoint a successor, Mowen said the club was blessed with leaders.

"It will be natural progression ... it forces them to develop leadership for guys like Nic White and Matt Toomua," Mowen said.

"They're going to be big game players and match-winners every week, they'll drive the standard and then there's David Pocock and Stephen Moore.

"The worst thing that can happen is when a leader stays too long, it almost becomes a stalemate underneath. You need fresh leadership eyes, new voices on it and that's why it's good for me to get out now.

"The Brumbies' evolution won't be defined by the performance of one person."

Mowen was an ironman in his three seasons with the Brumbies, missing just two games and becoming the most capped captain in the club's history. It's a massive achievement given the Brumbies' previous captains include Brett Robinson, George Gregan, Stirling Mortlock and Matt Giteau.

"He was a fantastic leader, one of the great captains," Fisher said. "He was good with his message, really well prepared and he knew what he wanted to say. He wasn't always a great player, but he always played well. He never played poorly."

Mowen's decision to quit Australian rugby was a shock, given he'd finally cracked the Wallabies squad and was appointed captain.

It sparked fears of a mass exodus of Australian players to rich French clubs with the ability to offer contracts worth double that of Super Rugby teams.

But Mowen backed the Wallabies to hold on to their stars. He said the NSW Waratahs' grand final appearance and Brumbies resurgence was an indicator of Australian Test success.

"There's a really strong period coming up for Australian rugby ... all the ingredients are there for a successful Wallabies side; it's an exciting period," Mowen said.

"I think there's an exodus happening now, but it's more for the mid-range players who haven't made the Wallabies yet. But the pull of the Wallabies jersey will always be strong ... that will keep guys here."

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
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SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
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WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
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WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
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WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
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LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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