Former Australia prop Sekope Kepu to retire at end of Super Rugby season

Sekope Kepu has played 110 times for Australia
Sekope Kepu has played 110 times for Australia

Former Australia prop Sekope Kepu has announced that he will be retiring from professional rugby at the end of the ongoing Super Rugby Pacific season.

The 38-year-old made his professional rugby debut with Waratahs in 2008 having featured for them in 141 games while winning a Super Rugby title with the club in 2014 under Michael Cheika.

He also represented Bordeaux, New South Wales Country Eagles, London Irish and was named the inaugural captain of Moana Pasifika in the Super Rugby Pacific in 2022.

Kepu made his Australia debut in 2008 and has featured in 110 Tests. He also represented them in the 2011, 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups. For online sports betting click here.

“In the last couple of weeks it’s sort of dawned on me that this is the right time. Everybody that retires says you know when it’s time. All I dreamt of was to play rugby professionally and I’ve been very blessed to do that. While I will miss it, I’m looking forward to being there for my kids,” said Kepu in a statement released.

“My wife (Anna) and kids (Faith-Rose, Israel, Isaiah and Steven-Judah) have had to sacrifice a lot for me to be able to play for this long. I’m forever grateful for their love and support over the years.

"I’ve been very fortunate that my kids have been able to watch Dad play. Now it’s time for Dad to be their taxi driver to their sports games on the weekends.

“I just want to thank the fans because without them we don’t have a game. My parents as well, the old man used to come to my training and games every weekend and that planted the seed.”

Moana Pasifika are positioned 11th in the Super Rugby Pacific table with three wins from 12 matches.