'Sneak' Mowen faces frosty reception despite denials
ESPN Staff
March 12, 2014
Australia's Ben Mowen shouts at team-mates, Australia v Argentina, The Rugby Championship, Patersons Stadium, Perth, September 14, 2013
Ben Mowen - a frosty welcome awaits © Getty Images

Ben Mowen and Stephen Moore have denied 'dobbing' on Wallabies team-mates after the 'Dublin drinking games' on the end-of-season tour last year. Their denials came after increasing speculation that they told coach Ewen McKenzie what had been happening behind his back.

McKenzie suspended six players and sanctioned nine more for excessive drinking in Dublin four days before the Test against Ireland in November.

ESPN's Greg Growden reported at the time that Mowen was believed to have alerted the coach, but the player has repeatedly denied that. "That's not part of who I am," he said. "I've no problem with you asking the question because I don't do that sort of stuff."

McKenzie has also been forced to address the issue again. "No player dobbed in any other player in Dublin or anywhere else," he said. "I can't make it any more clear than that."

The forthcoming Super Rugby game between Waratahs and Brumbies this weekend has been the reason the issue has resurfaced. Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis - one of eight from that side who were disciplined - said there was no question of revenge but also did not dismiss suggestions some players still harboured ill feelings.

"A lot of that stuff was out of our hands really so it's hard to blame anyone for it, it's happened and you move on," Dennis said. "There were guys there who were disappointed with how things went, but that's three or four months ago now."

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

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