Michael Hooper has been named as the Wallabies’ captain for the Rugby Championship, replacing retiring hooker Stephen Moore in the role.
The Waratahs flanker was an obvious choice, having led his country in 15 of his 68 Test appearances to date – including two matches this year with Moore starting on the bench – and serving as vice-captain when not skipper since 2014.
“It’s a huge honour to just wear the Wallabies jersey, let alone captain the side,” Hooper said.
“I’m extremely grateful to Cheik but also to Steve for all that he’s done for me and the team.
“It’s what you do in the jersey that’s most important and I get another crack at showing what it means to me against New Zealand in Sydney in a fortnight.
“There are quite a few good young leaders in this team like Bernard (Foley), Adam (Coleman), Samu (Kerevi) and Allan (Alaalatoa), so we’ll be working together to take this team to a new level.
“I’m really excited about what we can achieve in the next four months.
“It is a very special opportunity for all of us, and we’ll be doing all we can to show that pride in the jersey.”