14 Nov 2013

Horwill wants captaincy back

6:42 am on 14 November 2013

The dumped Wallabies skipper James Horwill has opened up for the first time about his axing, saying he'd love to regain the captaincy from Ben Mowen.

A circumspect Horwill admitted he remains disappointed to have been stripped of the leadership duties two weeks ago in a shock move by coach Ewen McKenzie that he didn't see coming.

But the abrasive second-rower understood his form was an issue, and the blow has helped put his game back on track.

McKenzie has used three captains in his short tenure, and he's apparently in no rush to settle on a long-term skipper.