Moore set to return for Brumbies season opener



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Brumbies veteran hooker Stephen Moore looks set to make a full return from injury in time for the start of the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Moore captained the Wallabies and the Brumbies returned to full training this week after a knee reconstruction last year.

Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham has confirmed that Moore is on track to be ready for their Super Rugby opener against the Reds on February 13.

Larkham also said that even though Scott Fardy has yet to join the rest of the group after off-season knee surgery but he too should be ready to face the Reds.

“They’re close now, Steve trained with the team for the first time in this pre-season and looks the goods,” Larkham told the
Canberra Times

“Fards started to be a little bit more involved with the team, he’s not quite ready, but they’re on track, which is pleasing, everyone’s on track to be available for that first game.”

Moore tore his anterior cruciate ligament last year in the opening minutes of his Test debut as Wallaby captain and the injury meant that he missed the end of the 2014 Super Rugby season and the Wallabies end of year tour.

Nine of the Brumbies that went on the Wallabies end of year tour have all rejoined the squad a week early and Larkham said that it was a clear sign of intent ahead of a massive year of rugby.

Larkham said that the players are desperate to end the Brumbies’ Super Rugby title drought, but also to ensure that they are part of Michael Cheika’s Wallabies World Cup squad in September.

“There’s a big focus for Australian rugby at the moment on this World Cup and a number of Brumbies guys are in that frame, certainly all the guys who toured at the end of the year last year,” Larkham said.

“There’s no doubt that will be in their thoughts this year, they’ll be very keen, they’ve all bought into it to ensure they have a really good year for the Brumbies.

“They know if they play well for the Brumbies in Super Rugby there will be more opportunities after that.”

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