Wallabies captain Michael Hooper withdraws from tour, citing ‘mindset’

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  • Australian captain out of Argentina tour for personal reasons
  • Coach Dave Rennie says Hooper has shown ‘true courage’

Captain Michael Hooper has withdrawn from the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship Test against Argentina 24 hours before kick-off, saying he isn’t in the “right mindset” to lead or represent the country.

The tireless flanker had been named to lead the side in his 122nd Test on Sunday morning (AEST) but will now return to Australia, missing both matches against the Pumas. Fellow Test centurion James Slipper will captain the side in Mendoza, while Fraser McReight will replace Hooper in the number seven jersey.

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Written by Australian Associated Press
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