Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper on Friday stated he was eager to remain on as captain beneath new coach Dave Rennie, however had but to debate the matter.
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Rennie arrived in Australia this week following a break in his New Zealand homeland after seeing out his obligations to the Glasgow Warriors.
He takes the reins of the two-time World Cup-winners as they lie simply seventh within the rankings and after a number of skilled gamers known as it quits following final 12 months’s World Cup.
Hooper, whose subsequent Take a look at might be his 100th, relinquished the Waratahs’ captaincy to Rob Simmons earlier this 12 months to give attention to his recreation, however stated he remained open to main Australia.
“I have not spoken to Dave about it as a result of it is one thing that I feel will develop down the monitor,” he advised Fox Sports activities.
“So far as my tackle captaincy, it is a privilege that is given to you by the folks that determine that. That is all the time been my mindset on it.
“If it pans out that approach, yeah, I’ll do every thing I can to be the perfect I could be in that setting and, if I am not (captain), how can I assist the crew as greatest as potential — that is my mindset.”
Pressed on whether or not he wished to be the captain, the 28-year-old flanker stated sure.
“Look, I am very proud to have been captain of the nation and I might nonetheless be very proud to proceed doing that, and I might be more than happy to tackle that function if it was bestowed upon me.”
Final month, Rennie stated he had spoken to Hooper at size, however solely about “incomes the appropriate to play”.
However he added: “He is (Hooper) a powerful contender for captain, however we have not firmed up any resolution round that. There’s a whole lot of good leaders amongst the group.”
Hooper had his first style of the Australian captaincy as a 22-year-old in 2014 when he stood in for the injured Stephen Moore throughout a sequence of Assessments that 12 months. He formally took over from Moore in 2017 and has led the crew 46 instances.