Michael Hooper set to join Australia 7s side ahead of 2024 Olympics

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

Former Australia captain Michael Hooper is set to switch rugby codes following his axing from the Rugby World Cup squad.

Hooper, who was the front-runner to lead the Wallabies at the showpiece event in France was axed shockingly from the World Cup squad by head coach Eddie Jones due to repeated injury concerns.

Hooper's five-year contract with Rugby Australia is due to conclude at the conclusion of 2023 but now is looking to re-sign with Rugby Australia for another year joining Australian sevens program under coach John Manenti on a one-year contract which will make him available for the new Perth Sevens in January.

Australia have already secured an automatic qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics by virtue of their fifth-place finish in the World Sevens Series earlier this year.

The men's sevens tournament is scheduled to kick off at Stade de France two days before the Olympics commence on July 25. It will briefly pause for the opening ceremony on July 26 and then resume for the medal matches a day later. On the other hand, the women's sevens event will take place from July 28 to July 30.