Michael Hooper not sure about future with Australia post Rugby World Cup

Michael Hooper has played 124 times for Australia
Michael Hooper has played 124 times for Australia

Australia flanker Michael Hooper is not sure about his involvement with the Wallabies following the conclusion of this year's Rugby World Cup.

Hooper, who is set to participate in his final home game for the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday, is considering the possibility of another overseas stint following his previous experience playing in Japan in 2021.

Alternatively, he might also be contemplating a transition to rugby sevens with the aim of pursuing an Olympic medal at the upcoming Paris Games in the following year.

“Ahhh, oh, I don’t know,” he said.

“You never say never. I’ve travelled a lot and been lucky enough to be able to do this for a long time.

“I have a young family. However that shapes up over the next little bit, and what that takes to get back in a gold jersey in that point in time, I don’t know. It depends.

“I don’t know what the next six months looks like, let alone the next three years.”

Hooper missed last year's Rugby Championship due to mental reasons with James Slipper taking over the captaincy but now has been named in Eddie Jones' training squad.

“I haven’t been in the position to have an open sort of landscape and that’s really exciting for me and somewhat daunting at times because I’ve been so institutionalised by rugby,” Hooper said.

“But for 90 per cent of the time it’s a really nice position to be in.”