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Rugby Union: Michael Hooper and James Slipper named Australia co-captains

Rugby Union: Michael Hooper and James Slipper named Australia co-captains


James Slipper, Eddie Jones and Michael Hooper pose for a photograph together after Slipper and Hooper were named Australia co-captains
Michael Hooper (proper) holds the report for probably the most Assessments as Australia captain

Australia head coach Eddie Jones has named Michael Hooper and James Slipper because the Wallabies’ first co-captains.

Flanker Hooper has captained Australia on 68 events and returns to the position lower than a yr after he withdrew from the squad saying he was not in the proper “mindset” to play.

Prop Slipper changed him as skipper and has led the facet 12 instances.

Jones mentioned he had taken inspiration for co-captains from the Sydney Swans Australian guidelines soccer staff.

“They have a convention of co-captaincy and I simply needed to delve down into the realm of the benefits and downsides,” mentioned former England head coach Jones, who changed Dave Rennie in January.

“I feel with Slips and Hoops, we cowl the vary of the squad. Each have a barely totally different method to management, each have gotten a barely totally different method to the best way they play the sport, and I feel collectively they could be a actually robust captaincy group.”

Jones has named a 34-strong squad for the Rugby Championship, with fly-half Bernard Foley probably the most notable omission regardless of incomes a recall to the Wallabies squad final season, three years after his final Check look.

Hooker Matt Faessler, prop Zane Nonggorr and flanker Josh Kemeny are amongst eight uncapped gamers named within the squad.

“It is in all probability one of many hardest squads I’ve needed to choose,” mentioned Jones, who beforehand coached Australia from 2001 to 2005.

“The again row was tight, standoff was tight, halfback was tight. So there have been just a few sleepless nights.

“We all know that within the Rugby Championship and within the World Cup, we’ll have not less than a 20% harm charge so there will be alternatives for gamers who missed out.”

The Rugby Championship, a match contested yearly by Australia, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa, begins on 8 July.

The Rugby World Cup takes place from 8 September-28 October in France.



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