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Sekope Kepu Announces Retirement from Professional Rugby


Sekope Kepu, the pioneering captain of Moana Pasifika and a 110-test Australian international, has declared his retirement from professional rugby at the conclusion of the Super Rugby Pacific season.


Kepu, aged 38, has had a distinguished career, representing the Wallabies in three Rugby World Cups. His professional journey saw him play 141 matches for the Waratahs from 2008 to 2019, with further stints at Bordeaux in France and London Irish before joining Moana Pasifika for the past three seasons.


Reflecting on his decision, Kepu said, "Everyone who retires says you know when it’s time. My dream was always to play rugby professionally, and I’ve been fortunate to achieve that. Although I will miss playing, I’m excited to be there for my kids more.”


Kepu's rugby story began at the Tamaki Rugby Club in Auckland. With a passion for coaching, he is looking forward to exploring new opportunities in this field. Pelenato Sakalia, Moana Pasifika’s chief executive, praised Kepu’s leadership, particularly during the challenging Covid-impacted seasons, and acknowledged his significant contributions both on and off the field.


Kepu’s final game will be against the Crusaders next weekend, as Moana Pasifika holds a slim hope of making the Super Rugby Pacific playoffs. Kepu expressed his heartfelt thanks to fans for their support over the years.


As he steps away from the sport, Kepu leaves behind a legacy of dedication, leadership, and inspiration, eager to embark on the next chapter of his life with his family.

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