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Hooper returns to Australia

Impossible for Michael Hooper to continue. Without knowing the reason for his defection, the captain of the Wallabies is forced to leave the gathering of his people in Argentina. The support is intended to be total within the team.

Thunderbolt at the Wallabies: their captain Michael Hooper, overnight, decided to leave the team who nevertheless starts the Rugby Championship on Saturday in Argentina. It was personal problems that led the third line to 121 selections to give up: “This decision was not easy to make, but I know it is the right one for me and for the team. I have always tried to put the team first, but given my state of mind at the moment, I do not feel capable of assuming my responsibilities. “Dave Rennie, the coach, assures that he was aware of nothing but accompanies his player without restraint: “He has been able to repress things in recent weeks … It is very professional on his part, he expressed himself with the team with great courage. »

Federation chief executive Andy Marinos called Michael Hooper an “incredible leader” and also said there would be no pressure on him to return. The exact nature of this personal concern has not filtered through, but it certainly and unfortunately takes a lot for the most capped Australian international in history to come to such an end and therefore decide to return home. It is the pillar James Slipper who will recover the armband, property of Michael Hooper since 2015, which also earned him to be the record holder with 68 caps as captain (ahead of George Gregan’s 59), since last season. The Australians will play a second game next week in Argentina, before hosting South Africa twice on August 27 and September 3.

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