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Australian captain Stephen Moore has excluded him from the captaincy for the Reds this year.

Moore join the Reds from the Brumbies this year under coach Nick Stiles. Stiles also got the signature of Quade Cooper who are back from France in his quest to have a better season than 2016.

James Slipper captained the Reds last season and Moore confirmed to Fox Sports that he does not want to be considered for the role.

 “No,” Moore bluntly said when asked if he was interested in the Reds captaincy.

“A big part of my role here is to help James and the other leaders as well. It takes a team. The team with the most leaders often does the best.

“If we can establish a strong culture around leadership and not rely too much on one or two people it will be a step in the right direction. James did a great job in a tough environment last year. He’s only going to learn and improve from that.”

Regardless of who carries the official title, Stiles still has plenty of experience in his squad.

George Smith, a veteran of 111 Test caps, will join the club when his commitments with Japanese club Suntory finish later this month. Scott Higginbotham is due back in Australia soon after Stiles dismissed concerns he had injured himself in Japan.