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Dual front-row signings a fillip for Brumbies

Ben Alexander and Stephen Moore prepare to pack down against the scrum machine at Brumbies training.

Ben Alexander and Stephen Moore prepare to pack down against the scrum machine at Brumbies training. Photo: Colleen Petch

ACT Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore will draw inspiration from Nathan Sharpe's longevity as he forges a career which could make him one of the most capped players in Australian rugby history.

Moore and fellow front-rower Ben Alexander re-signed with the Brumbies and the ARU for another two years, with their contracts ending after the 2015 World Cup.

With 100 Super Rugby caps and 76 Tests already, Moore is one of the most experienced players in Australia.

Sharpe retired at the end of the Wallabies spring tour of Europe having played 116 Tests and 162 Super Rugby matches.

The lure of winning a World Cup and a Super Rugby title with the Brumbies is the major driving force behind Moore's ability to stay at the top. But seeing good mate Sharpe power on, there's no end in sight.

''I've never really put a time frame [on my career], but you look at a guy like Nathan Sharpe and he played well over 100 Tests and 150 Super Rugby games and was still playing great rugby when he decided to hang up the boots,'' Moore said. ''Guys like that give you a bit of motivation to keep playing and if you're mentally and physically able to contribute at this level or the next level, that's what makes the decision for you.

''I spoke to [Sharpe] a lot about my stuff and his decision, he was very supportive of me staying around and to hear that from a good mate and a guy I respect a lot is reassuring.

''Milestones aren't a motivation for me, it's more the team success that I'm after.''

Having two of their most experienced players recommit just three weeks before the season is a major boost for the Brumbies' campaign to break an eight-year finals drought.

Despite almost two decades combined experience, neither have played in a Super Rugby finals series.

In fact, just three of the 35 contracted Brumbies - Ben Mowen, Ian Prior and Clyde Rathbone - have finals experience.

It's a statistic the players are desperate to change after their impressive revival to just miss the playoffs under Jake White last year.

But Alexander warned players needed to go to ''uncharted waters'' if they wanted to achieve their goal of winning the competition.

''The foundation [for success] is there, but just because it's there doesn't mean it's going to happen,'' Alexander said. ''We did a lot of good stuff last year and made a lot of changes for the better.

''We've got the players and the systems, we're making progress but we have to keep forging ahead as a group and get to uncharted waters, which personally I haven't been to.

''Playing finals and trying to lead the conference is something we haven't done … it's an exciting time to be around.''

Moore said the Brumbies' revival ''reignited'' his rugby passion.

''Jake is big on getting guys to buy in and commit long-term and I think that will help us. Hopefully if we work hard and stay together we can achieve what we want.''

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