Moore dismisses Wallabies narking rumour

DAVID BARBELER
Last updated 17:46 11/03/2014

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Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore believes someone is trying to stir the pot ahead of Saturday's blockbuster clash with the NSW Waratahs by falsely accusing he and skipper Ben Mowen of dobbing in Wallabies teammates.

Since 15 Wallabies players were disciplined for drinking and breaking curfew in Ireland in November there have been rumours that Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie may have been alerted by Wallabies skipper Mowen and Moore.

In suspect timing, the rumour has resurfaced in the lead up to Saturday's Super Rugby derby between the Brumbies and the unbeaten Waratahs in Canberra, leaving McKenzie to categorically refute that Mowen or Moore were involved.

However a nonchalant Moore played down the tittle-tattle fracas on Tuesday, saying he believed all Wallabies teammates got along well.

When asked if he believed the reports were driven by somebody trying to stir things up a bit, Moore replied: "Well I guess it has to be doesn't it?" he said.

"It's flared up again this week.

"But I think Ewen has made it pretty clear how it all panned out.

"There's certainly no ill feeling amongst any of us or any of the Waratahs."

When asked if he had any theories on who might be stirring the pot, Moore replied he wasn't sure, adding such things often surfaced in the lead up to big matches.

"That's the way it is in rugby, you take the good with the bad," he said.

"A lot of it's false, as it always is.

"It's unfortunate that it's come up again this week, but personally it's not been an issue for me."

Moore said he didn't expect to be targeted any more than usual by a NSW team that's expected to include eight players who were disciplined over the Dublin incident.

"I'd expect that (to be singled out) every week," he said.

"I've got an important part to play in how the team functions."

Meanwhile, winger Joe Tomane has returned to training and is a shot of returning to the Brumbies team for Saturday's clash.

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