August 10, 2018 / 3:21 AM / 7 days ago

Wallabies lock up captain Hooper until 2023 World Cup

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has signed a five-year contract with Rugby Australia that will keep him in the country until after the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

FILE PHOTO - Rugby Union - Championship - Australia's Wallabies captain's run - Malvinas Argentinas stadium, Mendoza, Argentina - October 6, 2017 - Australia's captain Michael Hooper passes the ball during the captain's run ahead of their match against Argentina. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

The 26-year-old flanker has already amassed 82 test caps since making his debut in 2012 and local media reported the contract was worth around A$1.2 million ($883,920) a season.

“I never really thought about going elsewhere or entertaining anything like that,” Hooper said in a statement on Friday. “I was really keen to stay in Australia, and keep doing what I can for the Wallabies and the Waratahs.

“I’m not really into contracts and all that back-and-forward, so to know that I’m sorted through to the next World Cup is really comforting and just means I can throw everything into the Waratahs and Wallabies.”

Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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