Wallabies Legend Announces His Retirement
Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore will retire from international rugby at the end of the year.
The experienced hooker is handing over the captaincy to Waratahs back-row Michael Hooper effective immediately. Moore told his team-mates late on Wednesday of his decision to step aside despite only last month declaring his intention to play on until the 2019 World Cup.
“I’ve had a long career and my time in the game is something I’ll look back on very fondly,” Moore said.
“That being said, there’s still a lot of rugby ahead of me over the next 12 months and I hope to be able to contribute to the success of the Wallabies and the Reds with the time I have left.”
Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika says Moore still has a big role to play until the end of the year, despite dropping him to the bench for the June internationals.
“Stephen still has a big role to play within the team. This isn’t a farewell right now – he’s fully committed to getting the gold jersey back to the top this year,” Cheika said.