Ben Mowen wins a lineout last night. Photo: Colleen Petch
THERE'S only one thing Jake White doesn't understand about his captain Ben Mowen - why he's never played for the Wallabies.
The Brumbies coach has been super impressed with everything Mowen has done since the pair joined the club last year.
Mowen captained the Australian under-21 side to the final of the 2005 world championships and has more than 50 Super Rugby caps under his belt.
But he's yet to get a taste at senior international level.
That might change tomorrow when Robbie Deans names his squad for the internationals against Scotland and Wales.
Nic White, Joe Tomane, and locks Scott Fardy and Sam Carter are also believed to be a chance.
Jake White had nothing but praise for Mowen, whose leadership over the Brumbies' pre-season made him a clear choice as skipper.
''I must be honest, I'm not just saying it because it's Ben, I just don't understand why he has never been picked. The reality is he's versatile, he's a great leader, he's captained a lot of these players at junior level. I think he's showed he's got something special, not just the way he's led the team but the way he's played,'' White said. ''Again, it's a long season and the time will come. The reality is whoever gets picked tonight it's a great boost for them and I'm sure the ones who don't get picked will just keep banging the door down.''
There's also speculation fullback Jesse Mogg is a bolter for the Wallabies
Mogg's left boot has become an integral part of White's game plan as the Brumbies continue to kick their way out of their own half.
It let him down on a couple of occasions last night, with Reds fullback Luke Morahan scoring the only try of the game directly from a Mogg high bomb, as well as kicking the ball out on the full a few times. But White wasn't highly critical of his young back.
''[Mogg] seems to make one or two mistakes every game but I live with that because of the positioning of Jesse is fantastic. You never see him drop the ball, he's always in place when they kick it,'' White said. ''Maybe when he has a bit too much time to think about what he has to do there's a problem … but we'll work on that.''