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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.


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Rugby World Cup 2015

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Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 35vs FJI 11 Report Stats
TGA 10vs GEO 17 Report Stats
IRE 50vs CAN 7 Report Stats
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SAF 32vs JPN 34 Report Stats
FRA 32vs ITA 10 Report Stats
SAM 25vs USA 16 Report Stats
WAL 54vs URU 9 Report Stats
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NZL 26vs ARG 16 Report Stats
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FRA 38vs ROM 11 Report Stats
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NZL 58vs NAM 14 Report Stats
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ARG 54vs GEO 9 Report Stats
ITA 23vs CAN 18 Report Stats
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SAF 46vs SAM 6 Report Stats
ENG 25vs WAL 28 Report Stats
AUS 65vs URU 3 Report Stats
SCO 39vs USA 16 Report Stats
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IRE 44vs ROM 10 Report Stats
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TGA 35vs NAM 21 Report Stats
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WAL 23vs FJI 13 Report Stats
FRA 41vs CAN 18 Report Stats
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NZL 43vs GEO 10 Report Stats
SAM 5vs JPN 26 Report Stats
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SAF 34vs SCO 16 Report Stats
ENG 13vs AUS 33 Report Stats
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ARG 45vs TGA 16 Report Stats
IRE 16vs ITA 9 Report Stats
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CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45Leicester City Stadium
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
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NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
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SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00Leicester City Stadium
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ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
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Australia 3 3 0 0 97 13
Wales 3 3 0 0 58 13
England 3 1 2 0 1 6
Fiji 3 0 3 0 -49 0
Uruguay 2 0 2 0 -107 0
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Scotland 3 2 1 0 40 10
Japan 3 2 1 0 -12 8
Samoa 3 1 2 0 -52 4
USA 2 0 2 0 -32 0
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New Zealand 3 3 0 0 87 14
Argentina 3 2 1 0 64 10
Tonga 3 1 2 0 -22 6
Georgia 3 1 2 0 -71 4
Namibia 2 0 2 0 -58 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
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Ireland 3 3 0 0 84 14
France 3 3 0 0 72 14
Italy 3 1 2 0 -24 5
Canada 3 0 3 0 -71 1
Romania 2 0 2 0 -61 0
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