Former Wallabies captain and Waratahs great, Michael Hooper needs no introduction. ‘Hoops’ debuted for the club in 2013 with remarkable potential and has followed through ten years later with invaluable experience. The powerful backrower’s experience is demonstrated through his time at the Manly Roos and St Pius X College on before debuting for the ACT Brumbies (2010). Hooper made his Wallabies debut against Scotland and was the twelfth man to play one hundred Tests for Australia.
Hooper first captained Australia in 2014 at the prime age of twenty-two, establishing himself as the youngest player to captain the side since Wallaby great Ken Catchpole in 1961. Hooper has also broken Wallaby great George Gregan’s record of the most matches as Wallabies captain and became the first person to win the John Eales Award four times. The John Eales Medallist’s reputation precedes him and the Tahs are grateful to have ‘Hoops’ share his expertise and inspire our squad in the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific Competition.