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Michael Hooper is new Wallabies captain

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 00:44

Hooper replaces Stephen Moore who has decided to quit international rugby at end of season

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SHOWS: SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA (AUGUST 2, 2017) (SBS - Broadcasters: NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA Digital: NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA / .COM.AU INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS / AUSTRALIAN NVO CLIENTS / SMH.COM.AU / NEWS.COM.AU) 1. NEWLY ANNOUNCED AUSTRALIA RUGBY UNION TEAM CAPTAIN MICHAEL HOOPER COMING OUT OF FIELD TUNNEL 2. HOOPER STANDING AT NEWS CONFERENCE 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEWLY ANNOUNCED AUSTRALIA RUGBY UNION TEAM CAPTAIN MICHAEL HOOPER SAYING: "Huge privilege. Huge honour, you know to get given this role. Particularly after Stephen doing such a great job, being such a leader and a mentor for me. You know, I'm hugely privileged to learn so much off him and then from Cheik (Michael Cheika) to give me, to give me this honour, I feel very special." 4. CAPTAIN MICHAEL HOOPER AND WALLABIES HEAD COACH MICHAEL CHEIKA SHAKING HANDS STORY: Flanker Michael Hooper has replaced Stephen Moore as captain of the Wallabies on Wednesday (August 2) after the veteran hooker's decision to quit international rugby at the end of the season. Hooper will lead Michael Cheika's team into back-to-back tests against the world champion All Blacks when the southern hemisphere's Rugby Championship kicks off later this month. The abrasive back-rower has long been groomed to step up to the role, having led the side throughout the 2014 season when Moore was injured. Now 25, Hooper has 68 tests to his credit and played a key role in Australia's run to the 2015 World Cup final when he and fellow openside flanker David Pocock teamed up in a powerful back row combination. Hooper will lead a rebuilding team during a tough period for Australian rugby and faces a baptism of fire against an All Blacks side smarting from being held to a draw in their recent series against the British and Irish Lions.

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Michael Hooper is new Wallabies captain

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 00:44