Australian rugby captain Michael Hooper withdraws from Argentina clash for personal reasons | Rugby Union News


Hooper said: “My whole career I have sought to put the team first and I don’t feel capable of fulfilling my responsibilities at the moment in my current state of mind.” – watch Australia take on Argentina live on Sky Sports Action from 8pm on Saturday

Last update: 05/08/22 22:58

Michael Hopper withdrew from the game between Australia and Argentina on Saturday for personal reasons

Michael Hooper has withdrawn from Australia’s Rugby Championship clash with Argentina on Saturday and will return home after telling head coach Dave Rennie he was not in the right frame of mind to play.

The 30-year-old Australian captain had been selected for the squad but will now leave for personal reasons, with prop James Slipper to lead the team and Fraser McReight to take the No.7 shirt from Hooper.

Australia’s game against Argentina in Mendoza is live on Sky Sports Action on Saturday, with the build-up starting at 8pm before kick-off at 8.10pm.

In a statement released by the Wallabies, openside flanker Hooper said: “Although this decision was not made easily, I know it is the right one for me and the team at this stage.

“My whole career I have sought to put the team first and I don’t feel able to fulfill my responsibilities at the moment in my current state of mind.”

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Wallabies coach Rennie said of Hooper, who scored 110 points in 121 Tests: “Michael is one of the most professional and impressive men I have coached. was a tough decision for him.”

“He has shown real courage in acknowledging where he is and acting on it. We will support him in any way we can and I know the team will be focused on getting the job done. [on the field].”

Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos said: “Michael is an incredible leader, it takes a brave man to identify where he is and step up while having the best interests of the team at heart.

“His well-being is and remains the highest priority at this time when Rugby Australia and the Australian rugby community will do everything to support him and his family.”




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