Flanker Michael Hooper has been named as new captain of the Australian rugby team. Hooper has won 68 caps for Australia, and takes over from veteran hooker Stephen Moore.
Since Stephen Moore announced that he would be retiring from international rugby at the end of the 2017 season, The Australian Rugby Union has been looking for a suitable replacement. Hooper was in many ways the perfect candidate, having already demonstrated his leadership qualities when he replaced an injured Moore as captain back in 2014.
Hooper said of his appointment: “It’s a huge honour to just wear the Wallabies jersey, let alone captain the side,”
“It’s what you do in the jersey that’s most important and I get another crack at showing what it means to me against New Zealand in a fortnight.”
Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika added: “Michael always shows on the field how much he loves the gold jersey, and that’s why he is totally respected among the rugby players in Australia.
“His role as the leader of this team will also be about making the standards of the Australian rugby team the highest they can possibly be.”