Australia captain Stephen Moore to quit international rugby

Stephen Moore poses during an Australian Wallabies portrait session at Lake Kawana on July 6, 2015
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Australia hooker Stephen Moore confirms that he is to quit international rugby by the end of the year and also steps down as Wallabies captain.

Australia captain Stephen Moore has announced that he is to quit international rugby union by the end of the year.

The 34-year-old is the 10th most-capped player in the history of the game and his tally of 120 Test appearances is second only to George Gregan among Australian players.

Moore, who also steps down as Wallabies captain, made his debut against Samoa in 2005 and played at three World Cups for the side.

"It was a very tough decision but you talk to people who've done it and they say 'you know when it's time' and I think I've got that feeling," the hooker told reporters.

"I just thought now was the right time, finish the year strongly and let the next crop of players take the team forward.

"I just didn't feel I could give it all I had until [the] 2019 [World Cup]. I think it's a smart decision personally and also for the team, which at the end of the day is my priority."

Flanker Michael Hooper is set to take over the captaincy of the Wallabies, according to Australian media.

Stephen Moore of Australia is tackled by David Denton (L) and Finn Russell of Scotland during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on October 18, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
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