Mowen keen to leave on a high

Date published: July 9 2014

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Brumbies skipper and number eight Ben Mowen is determined to leave the Canberra-based franchise as a Super Rugby winner.

Brumbies skipper and number eight Ben Mowen is determined to leave the Canberra-based franchise as a Super Rugby winner.

Mowen will further his career with Montpellier in France at the end of the tournament and is one of 17 players and staff who are preparing to leave the Canberra-based franchise at the end of their campaign.

But despite the impending farewells, the 29-year-old, who will equal former Wallabies scrum-half George Gregan's record as the Brumbies' most capped skipper when they host the Western Force on Friday, feels there is no place for sentiment if they want to end their 10-year wait for a Super Rugby title.

“Being near enough doesn't get you a piece of silverware,” Mowen told the Canberra Times.

“This group deserves something substantial for the work we have put in. I honestly believe there is a real opportunity in the next couple of weeks to give ourselves a crack of opening that up.

“Greegs won two championships … it doesn't matter if you've captained the Brumbies 150 times, if you haven't won a championship then you probably haven't done your role properly.

“I think this group deserves a big piece of silverware to say this is why we made sacrifices.

“If we don't give ourselves that chance, we'll be disappointed. Making the final isn't a result, we want to win it.

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