Knocking over his 100th Super Rugby cap at Canberra Stadium against the Blues last year, Stephen Moore cemented himself as Australia’s premier hooker.The disappointment of narrowly missing the finals was slightly alleviated when Moore’s efforts throughout 2012 were recognised by his peers, who named him the Brett Robinson Player’s Player. It was a worthy addition to his trophy cabinet, which also features the Brumbies Best Forward Award for the 2011 season. Missing just over a half of rugby all season gave the champion hooker more time on the field than any other Brumby in 2012, which was further amplified by his selection and participation in all four June Tests for the Wallabies.A natural leader, Moore was one of three players selected as vice-captains of the Brumbies in 2012, along with fellow Wallabies Dan Palmer and Pat McCabe. In the absence of skipper Ben Mowen, Moore led the Brumbies to their first win in South Africa since 2010, against the Lions in Johannesburg in April last year. Now in his 11th season of professional rugby, Moore has shown no signs of aging and will be hungry to make his first Super Rugby finals appearance in 2013. He was the 33rd Wallaby to earn 50 caps and should his strong form continue over the coming seasons, looks likely to eclipse 100 in the near future.Having begun his career in Queensland as a Red, Moore has now firmly established himself as a member of the ACT community, working with several local charities and through his Canberra club, Eastern Suburbs.
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