Leadership team: Moore with Adam Ashley-Cooper and Michael Hooper. Photo: Getty Images
The ACT Brumbies have opened the door for Stephen Moore to take on a double captaincy role, adamant he can juggle Wallabies and Super Rugby leadership duties after the 91-Test hooker was named as Australia's new skipper on Monday.
Former Test captain Stirling Mortlock believes the 31-year-old has "all the right attributes" to lead the Wallabies forward but admits the team's World Cup campaign would benefit with Moore focusing on one leadership job.
Moore will become the sixth Brumbies player to lead the Wallabies when they start a three-Test series against France in Brisbane on Saturday night.
"He's a rock solid guy, he's so dependable": Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher on Stephen Moore.
He looms as the man to take charge of the Wallabies' World Cup bid next year and is also one of the leading candidates to take the Brumbies' captaincy reins for the 2015 Super Rugby season to replace Ben Mowen.
Mortlock and George Gregan juggled the Wallabies and Brumbies captaincy duties but both streamlined their focus in the later stages of their careers.
Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher confirmed Moore would still be a captaincy candidate despite his new Wallabies job, but Mortlock said the workload would be massive.
"It's a case by case scenario, John Eales was arguably one of our best captains [for Australia] and I think he only got to lead Queensland a couple of times," Mortlock said.
"From my experience, I did both jobs for a year or two and it's probably better to not have that burden on you all the time.
"It is all-encompassing, but it depends on the individual. The build up to the World Cup has already started ... the pressure comes in as well. Moorey's been getting better and better every year."
Moore will join a Brumbies production line of Test captains, following in the footsteps of Mortlock, Gregan, George Smith, Rocky Elsom and Mowen.
Injured Brumbies flanker David Pocock has also been charged with leading the Wallabies in the past.
Moore will link with former Brumbies Michael Hooper and Adam Ashley-Cooper as his vice captains.
The 31-year-old is taking charge of the team with coach Ewen McKenzie as the Wallabies start ramping up their plans for World Cup glory in England.
Moore has been backed by former Test coaches Rod Macqueen, Bob Dwyer and John Connolly as well as World Cup winners Nick Farr-Jones and Owen Finegan and former teammate Mortlock.
The Brumbies will wait until the end of the Super Rugby season before making a decision on who their captain will be next year.
Incumbent Mowen has just two regular season games left in his Australian career before moving to France to play for Montpellier.
Moore will join Nic White, Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano as the most likely contenders to take over Mowen's Super Rugby duties.
"[Moore being Wallabies captain] doesn't guarantee anything about the Brumbies, but he is a very, very strong contender with Benny Mowen leaving," Fisher said.
"It will be part of a discussion and whether he's the World Cup leader is part of it as well. It's a stand-alone circumstance, you can't draw parallels to the past.
"Steve is an excellent leader and I'm sure his name will be on the list with a few others, but there's no need to rush. What the Wallabies do doesn't impact on us, leadership-wise, but we've got a lot of respect for Steve as a leader and we may well go down that track."
Moore became emotional at the announcement on the Gold Coast on Monday when he thanked his family.
Fisher said Moore would make an easy transition to the captaincy job because he was highly respected and known for his high standards.
"He's a rock solid guy, he's so dependable, has fantastic experience, knows what's required to win and doesn't ask anybody to do something he wouldn't do himself," Moore said.
"He's understated, thoughtful, fantastically motivated, his preparation is superb ... he'll be great."
Mortlock echoed Fisher's sentiments.
"He's a really influential member and his game has improved ... I think it's a great selection and a real seal of approval for his ability to cope with more leadership," Mortlock said.
"Schmoo [Moore] is incredibly loyal, is a hard taskmaster with extremely high standards and all the right attributes to take the Wallabies forward."