Aus­tralia make big play for Hooper

NZ Rugby World - - The Breskdown -

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.

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