Auelua and Rathbone join UC Brumbies leadership group

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By Brumbies Media Unit

The UC Brumbies have announced their leadership group for the 2014 Super Rugby competition, with Fotu Auelua and Clyde Rathbone joining David Pocock, Christian Lealiifano and Stephen Moore under the incumbent skipper, Ben Mowen.

The group of six will help guide the club both on and off the park, with more than 40 years of rugby experience combined between them.

Auelua arrived at the UC Brumbies in 2012 on the back of five years playing in France and Japan and has since developed into one of the club’s go-to men. Auelua’s big presence on and off the field saw him elevated to the club’s leadership group during the 2014 pre-season and that role has now been extended into the season proper.

Having captained the ACT XV in 2013, Auelua is no stranger to leadership duties and the big loose forward said he was proud to have been given the honour of a position in the team’s leadership group.

“It’s a great honour for me to be part of the leadership group at the Brumbies. The club has put plenty of faith in me and my ability and I am excited at the chance to repay some of that,” Auelua said.

“It was only a few years ago that the Brumbies were scratching around for guys with experience, but that‘s changed over the last three years. We’re fortunate enough to have plenty of leaders in the group and I’m happy to fit in as the coaches see fit.

“Right now the important thing for this group is to focus on February 22 against the Reds. We are coming off the back of a good pre-season and with the season just around the corner, everyone is pretty keen to get onto the field.”

Like Auelua, Rathbone will enjoy his first year in the UC Brumbies leadership group having returned to the club in 2013 after three years away from the game.    
A veteran of 63 Super Rugby caps, Rathbone brings plenty of experience to the group having claimed a title with the UC Brumbies back in 2004. Since then Rathbone has gone on to run his own business and become one of the ACT’s most identifiable characters.

Pocock lines up for his second season in the UC Brumbies leadership group while Moore, Lealiifano and Mowen will prepare for their third years as Vice-Captains and Captain respectively.

Ben Mowen
 POS: No. 8
 H/W: 1.95m, 110kg
 DOB: 01/12/1984, Brisbane
 Senior Club: Tuggeranong, ACT
 Super Rugby Caps: 75
 Super Rugby Points: 35 (7t)
 Super Rugby Debut: 2006 v Sharks [QLD]
 Test Rugby Caps: 15
 Test Rugby Points: 5 (1t)
 Test Rugby Debut: 2013 v British and Irish Lions, Brisbane

David Pocock
 POS: Openside Flanker
 H/W: 184cm, 104kg
 DOB: 23/04/1988, Gweru, Zimbabwe
 Senior Club: Uni-Norths Owls
 Super Rugby Caps: 72 (69 Force)
 Super Rugby Points: 40 (8t)
 Super Rugby Debut: 2006 v Sharks, Durban (Force)
 Test Rugby Caps: 46
 Test Rugby Points: 20 (4t)
 Test Rugby Debut: 2008 v New Zealand, Hong Kong

Stephen Moore
 POS: Hooker
 H/W: 186cm, 112kg
 DOB: 20/01/1983, Khamis, Saudi Arabia
 Senior Club: Easts, ACT
 Super Rugby Caps: 118
 Super Rugby Points: 35 (7t)
 Super Rugby Debut: 2003 (Reds) v Bulls, Pretoria
 Test Rugby Caps: 91
 Test Rugby Points: 25 (5t)
 Test Rugby Debut: 2005 v Samoa, Sydney

Christian Lealiifano
 POS: Flyhalf/Inside Centre
 H/W: 179cm, 95kg
 DOB: 24/09/1987, Auckland, New Zealand
 Senior Club: Tuggeranong, ACT
 Super Rugby Caps: 70
 Super Rugby Points: 400 (8t, 42c, 90p, 2d)
 Super Rugby Debut:2008 v Crusaders, Christchurch
 Test Rugby Caps: 13
 Test Rugby Points: 124 (1t, 13c, 31p)
 Test Rugby Debut: 2013 v British and Irish Lions, Brisbane

Fotu Auelua
 POS: No. 8
 H/W: 1.89m, 115kg
 DOB: 29/01/1984, Wellington, New Zealand
 Senior Club: Western Districts, ACT
 Super Rugby Caps: 25
 Super Rugby Points: 5 (1t)
 Super Rugby Debut: 2012 v Rebels. Canberra

Clyde Rathbone
 POS: Wing
 H/W: 181cm, 93kg
 DOB: 23/06/1981, Durban, South Africa
 Senior Club: Easts, ACT
 Super Rugby Caps: 63 (3 Sharks)
 Super Rugby Points: 90 (18t)
 Super Rugby Debut: 2002 v Crusaders, Durban (Sharks)
 Test Rugby Caps: 26
 Test Rugby Points: 40 (8t)
 Test Rugby Debut: 2004 v Scotland, Melbourne