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Wallaby front-rowers re-sign with Brumbies
By David Barbeler
15:26 AEST Thu Jan 24 2013

An empty trophy cabinet, great teammates and a vibe the Brumbies are on the up were just a few reasons Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander gave for re-signing until the end of 2015.

The signing of the front-row stalwarts bolsters the core of the Brumbies' pack for the next three years, with stand-in Wallabies captain David Pocock having already signed a similar length deal and skipper Ben Mowen declaring his intention to stay on for the same period.

The two-year deal, beginning at the end of 2013, means the duo will also remain with the Australian Rugby Union until the end of the 2015 World Cup campaign.

The most-capped Wallabies hooker of all time with 76 games, Moore is one of three vice-captains among the Brumbies.

He told reporters on Thursday he was happy to have the deal finalised before the 2013 Super Rugby season opener on February 16 against the Queensland Reds.

"(Coach) Jake (White) has made a point of trying to get guys to buy in and commit to the long term," the 30-year-old said.

"Hopefully, if we work hard and stay together, we can achieve what we want, which is to win the Super Rugby."

Alexander, 28, said he had spoken to Moore about sticking together with their other good mates at the Brumbies.

"I had a look maybe to go somewhere else but, at the end of the day, I have been in Canberra a long time now and this is home," he said.

"They're not just great blokes to play with - they're all great blokes off the field. We eat two meals a day together, then we eat dinner together more often than not ... so we're a very close group and we don't want to lose any of our mates."

Alexander said being in a successful side would not only boost both his and fellow team members' chances of playing for the Wallabies, but would also go some way towards taking care of unfinished business.

"There's a lot of guys here that are going to put their best foot forward and get further selection and, the more we play together, hopefully the more players we get in (the Wallabies)," he said.

"I haven't done a lot in my career as far as winning things. I haven't played finals; I haven't won a Bledisloe; I haven't won anything really.

"Obviously there's the Lions series (this year), so I'm just really excited about the opportunities that are ahead."

Coach White said the contract extensions indicated the Brumbies were headed in the right direction.

"Both Ben and Steve could have continued their careers anywhere around the world so it's encouraging to hear that they both see Canberra as their best option," White said.

"Together they've played more than 100 games for the Wallabies and almost 200 at Super Rugby level. That is a significant boost to any side's playing roster."


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