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Finegan urges Wallabies to take Mowen on European tour

Owen Finegan wants Brumbies captain Ben Mowen in the Wallabies.

Owen Finegan wants Brumbies captain Ben Mowen in the Wallabies. Photo: Stefan Postles

Wallabies great Owen Finegan has implored Test selectors to take a chance on ACT Brumbies captain Ben Mowen to add leadership to the injury-hit squad.

Australia will desperately try to avoid finishing last in the inaugural Rugby Championship when they play Argentina in Rosario on Sunday morning.

Coach Robbie Deans's squad has been depleted by injuries to most of his senior players and there is doubt whether they will recover in time for the tour of Europe next month.

Mowen didn't get an SOS to help the Wallabies in their clash against Argentina, but Finegan believes he should get his opportunity in Europe.

Mowen was part of the initial Wallabies training squad before being cut.

He had an outstanding season as the Brumbies' leader, but Finegan fears that Wallabies officials have tagged Mowen as a player not suited to the Test arena.

''Benny Mowen has played well enough and he's got enough experience in a leadership role that he could be useful for the Wallabies,'' Finegan said.

''I see a lot of similarities between Ben and Stephen Hoiles - tall and athletic - and the last couple of Wallabies coaches have gone more for a bigger style No.8.

''I get the feeling they've pigeon-holed him as not big enough for Test rugby, that's the only thing I can think of [why he's not in the team].

''His form during Super Rugby was good enough and consistent to definitely be in the mix … there's no harm in putting him in and this would be a good timing for Ben.''

There are just three Brumbies players from last season in the Wallabies team - Ben Alexander, Pat McCabe and Michael Hooper.

A host of others - including Stephen Moore, Christian Lealiifano, Nic White and Joseph Tomane - are sidelined with injuries.

Scrumhalf Ian Prior has been floated as a possible inclusion for the spring tour with Will Genia suffering a knee injury and White having shoulder surgery.

Mowen could add experience to the forward pack with injuries draining the Wallabies of leadership.

Finegan said two years of constant rugby was one of the major reasons behind the growing injury toll.

And if players were struggling with the workload, Finegan said Deans needed to find a mix of new blood and Test experience for the tour.

''The Wallabies are paying the price for a full-on two years, it's been non stop,'' Finegan said.

''You get injuries when you're run down and fatigued … not many of the guys in the Wallabies have had much of a break.

''There's a good opportunity to throw some new guys in, but you have to get the mix right.''

SUNDAY

Rugby Championship: Argentina v Australia at Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, 10am. TV Time: Live on WIN and Fox Sports 1.

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG -1vs FJI -1 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
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
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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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
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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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
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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