Australian Rugby
Moore hopes more Wallabies will stay
ESPNscrum Staff
February 4, 2011

Wallabies and Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore has defied reports of a post-World Cup exodus by committing to Australian rugby until the end of 2013.

The 28-year-old, who featured in his 55th Test when Australia beat France 59-16 in Paris last November, admitted the option of heading overseas had been considered, but that on- and off-field factors combined to keep him on home soil.

"When I weighed it all up, it wasn't a hard decision," Moore said. "There is still a lot I want to achieve in Australian Rugby, both with the Wallabies and here at the Brumbies. There was also the lifestyle factor to consider. Once we looked at everything, my fiancée Courtney and I came to the decision that Australia is where we want to be."

Moore said that while the upcoming Wallabies programme, which includes a tour by the British and Irish Lions in 2013, was another incentive to remain in Australia; the progress made by the Wallabies had been the over-riding factor in his decision.

"The team is making great strides. We saw that in the results that were achieved last year, especially in the back half in the games against the Springboks, All Blacks and France.

"It's an exciting time to be involved, not just because of the results that have been achieved, but the style of rugby that is being played. It's entertaining to watch and enjoyable to play. There's still a lot of improvement left in the side and I didn't want to be in the position after this year where I was looking from afar feeling disappointed that I was missing out on being a part of it."

Whether Australia can continue executing that kind of expansive gameplan will depend on whether the Wallabies squad largely sticks together, with a potential exodus on the horizon as players look for lucrative moves overseas after the World Cup. Moore hopes that his decision to re-sign will act as a spur to others weighing up their futures beyond this year.

"We've worked hard to get into the position that we have, in terms of the growth of the Wallabies as a team and, while there is more hard work to come, we are seeing the possibilities that are there. Hopefully we can stick together as a group. If we can, there is a lot that we can achieve."

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