Rugby World Cup To Be Swansong For Wallabies Great Sekope Kepu
Eight years after making his run-on debut against Samoa, Wallabies prop Sekope Kepu has confirmed Saturday’s Test against the Pacific Island nation will be his last on home soil.
The Wallabies’ most capped prop of all time, who last year became the ninth Australian to play 100 Tests, will retire from Test rugby following Japan’s World Cup despite signing a new deal with London Irish in the English Premiership.
Kepu is one of five props that has been included in Michael Cheika’s 31-man World Cup squad and started at tight-head prop in the 2015 World Cup final loss to the All Blacks at Twickenham.
The 33-year-old’s role will be different four years on but just as significant, as he takes on the responsibilities of being the floater in the Wallabies and acting as cover on both the loose-head and tight-head sides of the front-row.
Given the technical difficulty in doing so, the regular tight-head will likely return to the loose-head side against Samoa — the position he played on his starting debut, and made his own over the better part of a decade.
He will be hoping that the result in Saturday’s Test at Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta is different to the one eight years ago, when the Wallabies were ambushed by Samoa at the Olympic Stadium and suffered an embarrassing and maiden 32-23 loss to the tier-two outfit.
Author: Christy Doran.