Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper has committed his future to Rugby Australia after signing a new five-year deal for $6 million.
The news was reported by Daily Telegraph on Thursday with the 26-year-old's earning now equating to $1.2 million per year according to the new contract making him the richest contracted player with the board.
Hooper, who will lead Michael Cheika's side in the upcoming Rugby Championship tournament has committed himself to be with the Australian side until 2023 that will see him feature in two more World Cups in 2019 and 2023.
He also becomes the second ever Australian player to pen a five-year deal after Lote Tuqiri did in 2007.
Hooper is currently recovering from a hamstring injury that he sustained during the June series against Ireland but is expected to resume training next week and be available for the Bledisloe Cup opener against New Zealand in Sydney on 18th August.
The 6ft flanker has featured in 82 Tests for the Wallabies since his debut in 2012 and has been part of Waratahs since 2013 after switching from Super Rugby rivals Brumbies.