Legendary flanker Michael Hooper announces retirement from Australian Rugby

Sun, Jun 30, 2024, 9:16 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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Legendary Wallaby and Sevens star Michael Hooper has announced his retirement from Australian Rugby.

Hooper made the announcement on Sunday, calling time on his illustrious career that has spanned over a decade.

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The 32-year-old had made the switch to Sevens after a decorated career with the Wallabies in a quest to make the Olympics, with Hooper confirming 'his Olympic journey had come to an end'.

"What a ride! My Olympic journey has come to an end, and with it, my Australian Rugby career," Hooper said in a statement via social media.

"To the Aussie Sevens team, I wish you all the best, you’ve been an awesome, helpful, and talented group of athletes to be part of.

"As for my time in Australian Rugby, I’m grateful to my family and friends for their unwavering support throughout.

"We’ve shared an incredible journey, filled with unforgettable experiences, challenges, and memories. Thank you."

Hooper ends his career as one of the greatest players of his generation and a four-time John Eales Medalist.

The flanker played 125 games for the Wallabies since his debut in 2012, nominated for World Player of the Year in 2015 and 2021.

Hooper became the fastest and youngest player to reach 100 Tests for his country in 2021.

He became the youngest-ever Wallabies captain in 2014 at 23, breaking the record for most caps as Wallabies captain in 2023.

Hooper also inspired the NSW Waratahs to the 2014 Super Rugby title, winning one of eight Matt Burke Cups as Waratah player of the season.

The flanker played his last Test for the Wallabies in South Africa in 2023 before making the move to Sevens.

He would debut at the home of Sevens in Hong Kong for Australia in April, before playing the Singapore event a month later.

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