Moore confirms his commitment to Brumbies


Australia captain Stephen Moore insists he is fully focused on his final season with the Brumbies before embarking on a "new challenge" with the Queensland Reds.

The hooker announced midway through December that, as well as signing a new deal with the Australia Rugby Union, he will also be switching Super Rugby franchises after the 2016 campaign.

Moore started his career in Queensland with the Reds before moving to Canberra in 2008.

The 32-year-old will make the return journey in 2017, though he is adamant the impending switch will not hang over his last year with the Brumbies.

"For me, I'd like to think I'm professional enough to make it clear that the Brumbies and Canberra community mean an enormous amount to me and always will," Moore told Fairfax Media.

"I'll be doing all I can this year to make sure we have a good season before I move on to the next challenge.

"I'm going [to the Reds] for something different, a new challenge. It doesn't mean that I don't value my time at the Brumbies or that the club doesn't mean a lot to me. It's been a huge part of my rugby career and my life.

"I don't want to reflect on things because I've got a season ahead of me in Canberra. It's not uncommon for this stuff to happen, I just don't want it to affect our season.

"That's why I wanted to speak now, to make sure when we arrive back in January [for training] it's all done and dusted and we can move on."