Sydney - Wallabies veteran Stephen Moore is hoping to end his
international rugby career on a positive note by ending Australia's Bledisloe
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
After a torrid season for Australian rugby in general, Moore
is desperate to change the perception that rugby in the country is in the
"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