Wallabies’ Test great Stephen Moore has decided to call time after 128 Tests. He made his debut in 2005 and played in three Rugby World Cups, including a captaincy role in 2015.
His original plan was that the spring tour of the United Kingdom would be his last international venture, followed by one more Super Rugby season with the Queensland Reds.
He has since decided to call time following the match with Scotland at Murrayfield.
Moore told reporters, “I’d started planning for life after rugby since announcing my retirement from the international game back in July this year and the opportunity that I was exploring materialised probably six months earlier than I had expected,” Moore said.
Life can be that way, with unexpected events cropping up all the time, even for Australia’s second-most capped rugger.
“So I have made the decision, in conjunction with the QRU, to finish my rugby career now and take up a new opportunity,” he continued. “This also allows Brad (Thorn) and the Reds coaches to move forward with their planning for 2018 and beyond.”
Retirement announcements often provide for philosophical observations and Moore is no exception.
“Someone once said to me that ideally you want something to retire to, and not from, and I think those are really wise words.“The time feels right to finish my rugby career and I’m looking forward to watching the Reds develop under Brad’s guidance.“He has shown over many years that he knows what it takes to be the best in the world.I have also been very grateful to have worked alongside Michael Cheika and proud of how Michael Hooper has embraced his role as Wallaby captain and everything that goes with that.”
Moore played for the Reds and Brumbies in Super Rugby, running his total games played up to 177, the second most appearances all-time.