Former Australian captain Stephen Moore announced today that the coming test match against Scotland on Saturday will be his last at both international and club levels. Moore who has been capped 128 times for his country, only bettered by George Greegan (139), had planned to play another year of Super Rugby with the Queensland Reds but has decided to call it a day.

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Since making his debut in Super Rugby for the Reds in 2003 the veteran hooker has made 177 appearances in the competition including time at the Brumbies from 2009 to 2016 before returning last season.

Moore, 34, had stated in July that he would be stepping away from international duty but would be staying in Queensland hoping on “building success at the Reds and the development of the next generation of leaders.” However, his plans have since changed.

Moore said of the news, “I’d started planning for life after Rugby since announcing my retirement from the International game, and the opportunity that I was exploring materialised six months earlier than I had expected.”

“So I have made the decision, in conjunction with the QRU, to finish my Rugby career now and take up a new opportunity. This also allows Brad (Thorn) and the Reds coaches to move forward with their planning for 2018 and beyond.”

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