Stephen Moore’s captaincy continued to impress all who observed him in 2015, with his lead from the front mental, communication with referees, opposition captains and his humility in the gold jersey. The return to the captaincy role is testament to the 32-year-old’s standing in the game and recognition of the respect he holds among his Wallabies teammates. Moore became one of eight Wallabies centurions in Australia’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Scotland, adding to his well-decorated career.
Moore’s first captaincy stint lasted just 60 seconds, when he ruptured his ACL against France but he didn’t miss a beat on his return and continued to set the tone as he led the Wallabies to a fourth Rugby World Cup final. Moore signed with the Queensland Reds and Australian Rugby for three more seasons, given him a chance to stay in Wallabies gold for the 2019 World Cup.