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Has Mowen made the right decision?

  • Has Mowen made the right decision?


On January 8, ACT Brumbies and Wallabies captain Ben Mowen decided enough was enough with hectic travel demands of playing Super Rugby and for the Wallabies, and decided to move to France after the 2014 season.

The captain, who in just two seasons at the Brumbies has lifted them from ladder cellar-dwellers to grand finalists, has stated by striking a deal with a French rugby club he will be able to spend more time with his family given European competitions require far less travel.

His family would make a permanent move to France, giving him a chance to spend more time at home after being on the road for seven of the last twelve months of his life.

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But given his career boost at the Brumbies, and his recent promotion to captian his country, has Mowen truly made the right decision?

By leaving Australia, he will after all be sacrificing his true home, plus the chance to help lift the Wallabies back to a world rugby force.

There is little doubt that with one year left in Australian rugby, Mowen will need a Super Rugby championship to make it all worth while.

Im at a stage of my life now where I need to start thinking about my family and spending time with them. Coming to Canberra presented me with a chance to improve as a player and realise some of my personal goals and I will always be thankful to the Brumbies for those opportunities, Mowen said at a press conference in January.

Mowen began his professional rugby career at the Queensland Reds in 2006, before moving to the NSW Waratahs. In 2011 Mowen was recruited to the Brumbies by former coach Jake White to lead them back to a Super Rugby force.

As one of the most inexperienced Wallabies captains ever, he lead his country to four Spring Tour wins having played just 15 tests.

There is little doubt how inspirational the 29-year old is, however it is debatable as to whether he has made the right decision.

Is it a smart move to relocate a young family all the way to France to live in a completely different culture?

It is unknown which French rugby club he will join, but given the player salaries in Europe, he could be earning more than his current Brumbies and Wallabies contracts combined.

He has made it clear though that money has not played a part in his decision.

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