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Wallaby captain Stephen Moore joins 100 Test club

Rockhampton raised Stephen Moore will notch up another milestone in his remarkable rugby union career early Monday morning Australian time when he leads the Wallabies onto Twickenham to play Scotland in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter final.

And if the Wallabies win and Ireland defeat Argentina, both highly likely scenarios the Wallabies will then meet the Irish in the semi-final.

And Moore could have played for both teams.

Australia's hooker and captain Stephen Moore. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU
Australia's hooker and captain Stephen Moore. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU MARTIN BUREAU ROK161015Moore

Moore is eligible to play for Ireland because his parents are Irish. Thankfully, for Australian rugby Moore never exercised that option, despite living in Galway until he was five, when the family moved to Mt Morgan and then to Rockhampton.

It is a long way from the Rockhampton Pioneers to captain of the Wallabies. And even further to join the exclusive 100 Test club. Both Moore and Matt Giteau will become the seventh and eighth players to earn 100 Wallabies caps when they play against the Scots.

It is rarefied air up there along with the likes of Nathan Sharpe, George Gregan, Stephen Larkham, Adam Ashley-Cooper, George Smith and David Campese.

Sharp has nothing but praise for his former Queensland Reds and Wallabies team mate, telling Fairfax that Moore's leadership abilities combined with Michael Cheika's coaching are the keys to the revitalised Wallabies.

"He (Moore) was the perfect choice and the perfect man, to be perfectly frank I think it was a mistake not to have him as a leader earlier," Sharpe said.

"The timing of things always works in strange ways to get to a right outcome. Steve's had a chance to watch a lot of people maybe not go about things the right way.

"He's been able to take that in … now he's aligned with Michael Cheika and that's reflective of how everything's going. Often things come together for a World Cup.

"And at this stage … if Australia do go all the way, it will be partly because these two came together at the right time."

Topics:  editors picks, rugby, rugby union, rugby world cup 2015, sport, wallabies




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