In Summary
  • Michael Hooper was Wednesday named as the new Wallabies captain, replacing the soon-to-retire Stephen Moore as the team builds towards the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
  • The openside flanker was preferred to David Pocock, who is on sabbatical, and will lead the side in the Rugby Championship opener against the All Blacks in Sydney on August 19.
  • The 25-year-old Hooper, who has played 68 Tests, has endured a difficult Super Rugby season with the under-performing NSW Waratahs and his leadership of the side and form has been under question.

SYDNEY

Michael Hooper was Wednesday named as the new Wallabies captain, replacing the soon-to-retire Stephen Moore as the team builds towards the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

The openside flanker was preferred to David Pocock, who is on sabbatical, and will lead the side in the Rugby Championship opener against the All Blacks in Sydney on August 19.

The 25-year-old Hooper, who has played 68 Tests, has endured a difficult Super Rugby season with the under-performing NSW Waratahs and his leadership of the side and form has been under question.

But Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said he was the right man for the job. Moore had already announced that he will retire from international rugby at the end of the year.

"Michael always shows on the field how much he loves the gold jersey and that's why he is totally respected among the rugby players in Australia," Cheika said.

"His role as the leader of this team will also be about making the standards of the Australian rugby team the highest they can possibly be."

Moore, who has been capped 120 times, will continue to play for the Wallabies, helping Hooper's transition, until the end of Australia's European tour in November.

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