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Wallabies and Reds hooker Stephen Moore has told his Reds team-mates and bosses that he will be quitting the Reds at the end of the Super 14 season.


Moore has not decided on where he will play next year and a lot will depend on whether the Brumbies retain Laurie Fisher as coach


Moore told Reds coach Phil Mooney and QRU performance rugby manager Ben Whitaker before telling his team-mates and said that he wanted a change of environment after playing for the Reds since 2003.


“I’ve spent the last couple of days talking this through with my family and my advisers and I’ve decided there are opportunities for me to further my rugby career elsewhere,” Moore said after confirming to team-mates what they had long suspected was coming.


“It’s not that I don’t think Queensland isn’t turning things around. In fact, there are definitely signs of that already.” he says in the Australian.


“It’s not far off. We’ve seen glimpses of what’s coming and now it’s a matter of putting that together on a regular basis.


“There’s nothing here that’s forcing me out, but sometimes a change is as good as a holiday.


“You only get one crack at your career and I don’t want to look back on mine and have regrets. So I’m backing my gut feeling and moving on.”


Moore has indicated that teams other than the Brumbies who want to sign him will have to wait until the Brumbies have named their coach for next season.


“It’s important for me to know who’s going to be coaching the Brumbies,” Moore said.


“I’ve got a good rapport with Laurie Fisher from playing under him in the Australian under-21 and Australia A sides. I rate him very highly.


“He’s an excellent coach and my rugby has benefited any time I have played under him.


“If it’s not going to be him, then that will influence my decision. I’d want to know what sort of program the new coach has in mind.”


The Brumbies are not about to rush out and name their coach for next season but ACTRU chief executive Andrew Fagan insisted yesterday the process was well advanced and Fisher still very much in consideration.


“We know all about Laurie’s qualifications as a coach and what he’s capable of,” Fagan said.


“So we’re not going to be viewing results over the next couple of weeks in isolation. Results won’t have a significant impact on the decision.”

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