Michael Hooper will stay as Wallabies captain under new trainer Dave Rennie for its 2020 season.
The flanker has been confirmed since the Australian skipper this day, continuing from the role he’s held fulltime because 2017.
“It’s an absolute honour to be the Wallabies captain and I want to thank Dave, the Wallabies management team as well as Rugby Australia for their support and endorsement,” Hooper said.
“It’s a chance to use the Wallabies jersey, so I’m pleased to lead my teammates and to signify those gamers who have gone all Australians.
“I’m really excited about this group and the direction we are heading. We have already spent some quality time together, defining who we are and what we stand for and what we plan to achieve in the coming months.”
Hooper stepped away in the Waratahs captaincy this season and enjoyed a solid season in sky blue, but didn’t stop Rennie from sticking together with him to lead the side.
“I’ve been really impressed with Hoops. We’ve spoken a lot over the past nine months and it’s highlighted his passion and commitment,” Rennie said.
“He’s a fantastic guy with an outstanding work ethic and he is a fantastic role model for our young guys coming through.
“He’s keen to lead, and is highly respected by the Wallaby family. In the end his appointment was a straightforward decision.”
The decision affirms Hooper as a surefire starter for its Wallabies if they take on the All Blacks at Bledisloe 1, cementing his position in a rear row that’s looming as a real subject of power for Australia.
However the statement said Hooper was appointed “to lead Australia this international season”, opening the potential for a change from leader in the next several years.
Hooper became the second-youngest player to captain the Wallabies if he stuffed to Stephen Moore at 2014, his 22 years and 223 days placing him behind only mythical halfback Ken Catchpole, who had been 21 when he shot the captaincy.
Only John Eales and George Gregan played Tests as skipper for Australia compared to Hooper, who’s directed the side 46 events.