Rugby

Moore wants happy Bledisloe swansong

2017-07-28 12:01
Stephen Moore (Getty)

Sydney - Wallabies veteran Stephen Moore is hoping to end his international rugby career on a positive note by ending Australia's Bledisloe Cup drought.

Moore, who was won 120 caps for the Wallabies and is the second most-capped Australian player in history, announced on Thursday he would retire from international rugby at the end of 2017. 

The last time Australia lifted the Bledisloe Cup was in 2003, two years before Moore made his debut for the green and gold. 

The Wallabies open their Rugby Championship campaign with back-to-back Test matches against New Zealand beginning on August 19. 

And Moore, who will step down from the captaincy with immediate effect, is desperate to improve on his record of just five wins against New Zealand from 27 attempts.

"That's one of the ultimates in our sport and for our team. We know the size of the challenge and that's why we're here training hard," Moore told SBS. 

"We want to give ourselves the best chance to do well." 

After a torrid season for Australian rugby in general, Moore is desperate to change the perception that rugby in the country is in the doldrums. 

"We have the capacity to change the view of rugby, via the vehicle of the Wallabies," he said.

"We need to embrace that. I've always taken that very seriously in my role as a Wallaby that we have the capacity to inspire people and to make people happy and proud. 

"That's meant a lot to me in my career whenever we've been able to achieve that, it's one of the great things about playing for your country."

Read more on:    wallabies  |  stephen moore  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Following their opening Rugby Championship win over Argentina, where will the Springboks finish in this year's tournament?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.