Stephen Moore : Wallaby skipper calls an end to worldwide career

  • Stephen Moore : Wallaby skipper calls an end to worldwide career

Stephen Moore : Wallaby skipper calls an end to worldwide career

Moore has won 120 caps since making his debut against Samoa in 2005 and played at three World Cup for the Wallabies, leading his country to the final against New Zealand in 2015.

"You could say the smart decision personally but also for the team, which at the end of the day, that's my priority."With four months left as part of the Wallabies setup, Moore wants to leave a mark on the side that numerous players who came before have - as someone who could always be depended upon".

He is now the second-most capped Australian Test player of all time and has played the second-most number of Super Rugby games of any player in the history of the competition.

"It was a very tough decision but you talk to people who've done it and they say "you know when it's time" and I think I've got that feeling", the hooker told reporters.

Flanker Michael Hooper is set to take over the captaincy of the Wallabies, according to local media.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said Moore had an important role in helping develop an inexperienced squad for the remainder of the season.

"His contribution to this current team can not be understated".

Moore isn't retiring for good, as he's planning to play for the Reds next year. "He's fully committed to getting the gold jersey back to the top this year". "What he's achieved on the field is no mean feat but it's his work off the field in his role as captain of Australia that has really impressed me", Cheika said.

"We now have to make sure we send him off in the best way possible this year", Cheika added.

There have been question marks surrounding the skipper's form since the last World Cup, with some suggesting Moore was lucky to keep his spot in the side towards the tail end of 2016. "There's still a chance, maybe down the track I might change my mind (but) I'm pretty happy with my decision".

Moore, who sits behind only George Gregan in the list of Wallabies Test appearances, had previously outlined his intention on playing through to the 2019 World Cup in Japan but his retirement announcement did not come as a surprise.

Tatafu Polota-Nau replaced Moore when he was benched in June but the Western Force player is just two years younger at 32, while the only other hooker in this year's squad is under-20s star Jordan Uelese.

"I think some of the boys thought yesterday I'd just decided after those couple of training days we had, but it wasn't the case".