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Mowen 'right guy' for Wallaby captaincy

New Wallabies captain Ben Mowen is the "right guy at the right time" to lead the team out of a slump and coach Ewen McKenzie has backed his "demanding" leadership to deliver a Test victory on Saturday night.

Mowen was installed as captain while half-back Will Genia was dumped to the Wallabies bench on Wednesday as McKenzie searches for a spark to end a four-match losing streak.

In a sign that no one is safe in the Wallabies line-up, McKenzie axed Genia - one of the world's best No.9s - in the hope it will motivate him to rediscover his world-class form.

That leaves six-Test Wallaby Mowen as the man in charge of resurrecting the Wallabies' Rugby Championship campaign.

It's a remarkable turnaround from the player who was on the outer with the NSW Waratahs in 2011 and appeared unlikely to ever play for Australia.

"There would have been time when [Mowen] thought he was going nowhere, that he was just treading water in Australian rugby," McKenzie said.

"Things change. He's got his own style of leadership, he's very definite about things. Some of those things will give us an outcome.

"He's the right guy at the right time. What he does with the opportunity, we'll wait and see. He's already imposed himself at training ... he's demanding and once you set a standard he'll make sure the guys stick to it."

With Genia and regular captain James Horwill (hamstring) out, Adam Ashley-Cooper will step up as vice-captain.

McKenzie said dropping Genia was about making "hard decisions" to try to get the win the Wallabies desperately crave.

McKenzie has lost all three matches as Wallabies coach since taking over from Robbie Deans in July.

"We have to keep looking for things to spark the team up to get an outcome. We're not in the business of hoping things get better. We're in the business of driving outcomes," McKenzie said.

McKenzie has made four changes to his 23-man squad as the Wallabies prepare to take on Argentina in Perth.

Nic White replaces Genia at halfback and Ben Alexander returns to the starting XV as the tighthead prop.

Giant forward Sitaleki Timani is on the bench to add muscle after the Wallabies were bashed last weekend, and outside back Tevita Kuridrani is a reserve.

Mowen has transformed his career since joining the Brumbies at the start of last year and made his Test debut in June.

The former Waratah and Queensland Red has found his feet at the Brumbies and led the team into the Super Rugby final last month.

At the start of the season and seemingly on the outer with Robbie Deans, Mowen contemplated leaving Australian rugby to sign a lucrative contract in Japan.

But he decided to stay to chase his Wallabies dream and it's paying dividends.

 

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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