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Rugby: Toyota Verblitz drive away with Wallabies captain Hooper

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Australia captain Michael Hooper will certainly sign up with Japan Rugby Top League side Toyota Verblitz following period, his Super Rugby trainer Rob Penney validated Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Wallabies captain, that likewise captains Super Rugby’s Waratahs, is leaving Australia on a six-month launch, Rugby Australia and also the New South Wales Rugby Union validated.

Michael Hooper of the Waratahs passes throughout the workout prior to the round 8 Super Rugby AU suit in between the Brumbies and also Waratahs at GIO Stadium on August 22, 2020 in Canberra, Australia. (Getty/Kyodo)

At Verblitz, Hooper will certainly align with previous All Blacks captain Kieran Read and also Japan celebrity Kazuki Himeno in the back row — defined by several currently as a top quality system.

“Quality man, unbelievably robust player with the toughness of a forward and the skill set of a back and an unmatched work ethic and hunger to succeed,” Penney, that previously trained in Japan with NTT Communications Shining Arcs and also Toyota Industries Shuttles, informed Kyodo News concerning Hooper.

Hooper has actually been covered 99 times by Australia.

“This is a great opportunity for me to learn in a new rugby environment and develop a different perspective on the game,” Hooper stated according to the http://Rugby.com.au site.

Rugby Australia’s Interim Chief Executive Rob Clarke hailed the Australia captain’s relocation.

“We’re incredibly supportive of Michael making this move in the first half of 2021,” Clarke stated. “It’s a prudent decision, especially for someone who has been a devoted servant to the domestic game here in Australia for over 10 years now.”

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“While he will head overseas for the first six months of next year, Michael has made it abundantly clear how committed he is to Australian Rugby until at least the Rugby World Cup in 2023.”

Verblitz are trained by previous Waratahs aide Simon Cron, while previous All Blacks head trainer Steve Hansen is the supervisor of rugby.


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