Michael Hooper – Australian captain doesn’t have the right mindset to play for Wallabies

Michael Hooper
In 2014, Michael Hooper was the first Australian to captivity.

Australia captain Michael Hooper resigned from Saturday's Rugby Championship opener in Argentina. He will be returning home, as he is not in the “mindset” to continue playing.

Dave Rennie, Wallabies coach, said Hooper had shown “true courage”.

Hooper, who is 30 years old, said, “While this decision didn't come easily, I know it's the right one.

“Throughout my career, I have always put the team first. I don't believe I can fulfill my responsibilities right now in my current mindset.”

Mendoza will see Prop James Slipper lead the side, with Fraser McReight taking over as Hooper's flanker.

Hooper, who made the Wallabies debut in 2012, has won 121 caps and broke George Gregan’s record for most Tests played as captain last year.

Rennie stated that Michael is one of the most professional, impressive men I have coached. I am sure it was a difficult decision.

“He has shown courage by acknowledging his situation and taking action.

“We will support his in any way possible and I know the group will be focused on getting tomorrow's job done. [Saturday].”

Andy Marinos, Rugby Australia chief executive, stated: “Michael's an incredible leader. It takes a brave man for him to recognize his position and make a decision that is in the best interests of the entire team.”

“His well-being is and will remain the highest priority right now, where Rugby Australia and Australian Rugby Community will do everything they can to support him and all his family.”

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