Mowen relishes captaincy on Spring Tour
There is little doubt ACT Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen has shown his true colours on the Wallabies European Spring Tour, and has started a culture change which has seen improved results for the Wallabies.
He has lead his country to four consecutive test match wins for the first time since 2008 despite only being handed the captaincy on October 31.
After an embarrassing loss to England, the Mowen-led Wallabies were able to finish the tour on a high without any further losses and hang onto third spot in the world rankings.
Since the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, the culture around the Wallabies squad was very unsettled, and by the end of last year’s Spring Tour superstar half Quade Cooper controversially let the words ‘toxic environment’ slip out- indicating some changes needed to be made.
Former coach Robbie Deans was forced to resign after another series loss, that time to the British and Irish Lions, and the next month Ewen Mckenzie was announced as hos replacement.
It was a slow start for Mckenize, but since appointing Mowen to the captaincy after just 11 test appearances, the culture shift has seemingly worked a treat.
While the electric form of Israel Folau has had obvious impacts, the re-consolidated forms of Cooper and fellow half Will Genia have brought the team back together.
Mowen has brought all the qualities with him that transformed the Brumbies from near wooden-spooners in 2011 to grand finalists this year.
He has shown true leadership qualities of which were first recognised when coaching great Jake White arrived at the club.
While it is still early days for both Mckenzie and Mowen, the changes appear to have things on the right track.
Mowen will return to the Brumbies for preseason training for the first time before the Christmas break.