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Stephen Moore brings forward retirement

Wallabies player Stephen Moore (centre) reacts after Australia wins the Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Saturday, October 21, 2017. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)
22nd November, 2017
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Stephen Moore has announced the Wallabies’ Test against Scotland on Sunday will be his final game of rugby union.

Earlier this year he declared the spring tour of the UK would be his international swan song but would play on for the Queensland Reds in next season’s Super Rugby competition.

However, Australia’s second most-capped international has shelved those plans and decided to hang up his boots from all forms of the game after the Murrayfield clash.

“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.

“So I have made the decision, in conjunction with the QRU, to finish my rugby career now and take up a new opportunity.”

A veteran of 128 Tests, Moore made his Wallabies debut in June 2005 and represented his country at three Rugby World Cups, including the 2015 edition as captain.

The 34-year old has played for the Reds and Brumbies in Super Rugby, amassing 177 games to be second on the all-time appearance list.

“I couldn’t have done it without all of my teammates, coaches and staff across the years at both Super Rugby and international level though, so I want to thank each of them,” Moore said.

“I would also like to thank all of the fans that have supported both myself and the team over the years.”

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