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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.