Michael Hooper declared fit ahead of Rugby Championship opener

Michael Hooper will be available for Australia's opening game against New Zealand in Sydney
Michael Hooper will be available for Australia's opening game against New Zealand in Sydney
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Australia have received a much-needed boost ahead of the Rugby Championship opening game against New Zealand with skipper Michael Hooper declared fit.

The 26-year-old missed the trial game for Michael Cheika's side against Australia Super Rugby Selection team last week as he was recovering from a hamstring injury that he sustained during the June series against Ireland.

Hooper made a steady progress during the training camp in Cessnock and believes he is ready to begin his drills next week.

“Hiccups aside, with a week of training, I should be in a good position next week,” he told rugby.com.au.

“I want to get back on the field but it’s given me a different perspective at some of the great things that go on around rugby.

"It’s been enjoyable to give my body a rest but I want to get back on the field".

The news comes as a relief for Australia as they head into the tournament on 18th August with a hope to bring an end to their Bledisloe Cup drought which they last won 16 years back.

 

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