Having led the Brumbies out of the wilderness in 2012, Ben Mowen has been hailed as the Super Rugby buy of the season.A hard-working, big forward who can feature in any jersey numbered 4 to 8, Mowen’s leadership skills were vital in guiding one of the most inexperienced Brumbies sides ever assembled through the 2012 season. After playing 42 games for the Waratahs, Mowen made a seamless transition to the Brumbies and was quickly identified by Jake White as a leader of the group. Having sharpened his captaincy skills while on tour with the Waratahs and as an Australian Under 21 representative, Mowen made the perfect fit for skipper of a new team with plenty to prove. Clocking up 50 Super Rugby caps while on tour in South Africa with the Brumbies was a just reward for Mowen who reached his half century without missing a single game. His captaincy skills were tested early in the 2012 Super Rugby season, when five points down with two minutes to play against the Cheetahs he bravely opted for the penalty. Aware his side could stick to its processes, Mowen directed his team back down field where they drew a second penalty to claim a one-point win after the bell off the boot of Christian Lealiifano. Not one to shy away from the tough stuff, Mowen’s vision at the line-out and up-tempo movement around the park are features of his game he works on for hours each week. His ability to read problems with the team’s attack or defence is also impressive and a career in coaching would almost certainly be available once he decides to pull the pin on his playing days.
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