The CA Technologies Brumbies have taken a huge step towards securing their roster past 2011 by registering the signature of Test hooker Stephen Moore to a two year deal.
Already a 55 Test veteran and old head amongst a team of younger players, Moore’s decision to extend his domestic career has the potential to project his Wallabies and CA Technologies Brumbies profile to new heights.
“When I weighed it all up, it wasn’t a hard decision,” Moore says.
“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 his time in Canberra had been enjoyable. He said the work of Brumbies Rugby staff, notably Brumbies Rugby Chief Executive Andrew Fagan, had been a big influence on his decision to stay.
“My time in Canberra has been great and I think from a rugby perspective there’s a lot I still want to achieve at the Brumbies.
“Our new Scrum Coach Marco Caputo has been working really hard with the young front row here and I’m excited about working with him in the future.
“Hopefully we can all stick together as a team and make the most of the talent we have.”
Fagan was naturally delighted with Moore’s decision to stay. He was confident Moore’s signature would lead the CA Technologies Brumbies in the right direction.
“It’s great we’ve been able to put this to bed early in the season so all Stephen’s focus can now move to the Brumbies Super Rugby campaign,” Fagan said.
“Stephen always indicated that he was very comfortable in Canberra with the Brumbies, but as you would expect given his stature in the game, he received considerable interest from European clubs”.
“Stephen is a world class player who leads both on and off the field and we are delighted he is with us for a further two years. We are confident his signature will be a catalyst for others to re-sign in the coming months”.
After making his Super Rugby debut in 2003 with the Queensland Reds, Moore has gone on to claim 72 caps and become the third most capped Australian hooker behind Jeremy Paul and Phil Kearns.