Australia make big play for Hooper
The Australian Rugby Union have reportedly made Wallabies captain Michael Hooper a record five-year offer to commit through to the 2023 World Cup.
Several media outlets have suggested that Hooper will be paid around $1million a year if he signs. Hooper is off contract at the end of this year and will inevitably have offers from European clubs to consider.
But the Australian Rugby Union are determined to make a competitive offer and use the retention of their captain as a tool to persuade others to stay.
Asked if a long-term contract in Australia was appealing, Hooper told The Daily Telegraph: “I love playing rugby in Australia. It is such a great place to play rugby.
“There is a great talent pool and we have a lot of players coming up who are hungry to win, and that’s something that is exciting.
“Next week is in my head at the moment. You can’t get caught up in looking too far down the track. You have to focus on the here and now. That’s where my head is at.
“These things take time. There are a lot of things going on, as you can imagine. Whenever that time arrives, so be it.”
FIVE OF THE BEST The Australian Rugby Union are said to have offered Wallabies captain Michael Hooper a five-year extension.