Former Wallabies captain Michael Hooper announces retirement from Australian rugby

Michael Hooper has played 125 Tests for Australia
Michael Hooper has played 125 Tests for Australia

Former Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has announced his decision to retire from Australian rugby following his snub from Sevens squad.

Hooper was already axed from the Wallabies by the former coach Eddie Jones prior to the 2023 World Cup in France due to repeated injury concerns. This comes despite he has featured in 125 Tests for Australia while captaining them in record 69 matches.

He also became the fastest Wallaby to play 100 Tests and the youngest player to reach the milestone before former Wales star George North broke the record. The 32-year-old also surpassed George Gregan's record of captaining Australia in most matches in 2021.

Following his omission in the 15s format, Hooper switched to 7s with a bid to make it to the Paris Olympics squad and even made two appearances for them. However, he was omitted from the final squad due to an injury.

“What a ride! My Olympic journey has come to an end, and with it, my Australian Rugby career,” Hooper, 32, wrote on Instagram.

“We’ve shared an incredible journey, filled with unforgettable experiences, challenges, and memories,” he added.