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Michael Hooper, former Wallabies captain, announces retirement following Olympics exclusion

Michael Hooper Retires from International Rugby Career

Michael Hooper, the record-holder for the most caps as Australia captain, has announced his retirement from international rugby after missing out on selection for the Paris Olympics. The 32-year-old, who played 125 Tests for the Wallabies, with 69 of those as captain, revealed his decision on social media.

In a heartfelt statement, Hooper expressed gratitude to his family, friends, and teammates, especially the Aussie Sevens team. He reminisced about the unforgettable experiences and challenges he faced during his time in Australian Rugby.

Having become the youngest-ever Wallabies captain in 2014 at the age of 23, Hooper went on to achieve significant milestones in his career. He was part of the squad that won the 2015 Rugby Championship and reached the final of the World Cup that same year. Despite facing personal struggles, including a battle with depression in 2022, Hooper continued to be a resilient and impactful player on the field.

Following his omission from the 2023 World Cup squad, Hooper made the decision to transition to Sevens in hopes of making it to the Olympics. Although his Olympic journey has come to an end, Hooper leaves behind a legacy of excellence and sportsmanship.

Australia Rugby CEO Phil Waugh praised Hooper as an “incredible player and ambassador for our sport.” Throughout his tenure with the NSW Waratahs and ACT Brumbies, Hooper showcased his talent and leadership, culminating in a Super Rugby title in 2014.

As Hooper bids farewell to his international rugby career, fans and peers alike honor his contributions to the sport and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

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