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Former Wallaby captain announces retirement from all forms of rugby

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Australia captain Stephen Moore

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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William 2 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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