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Rugby Union

Rugby Australia handed Hooper deal boost

10th August 2018, 10:17 by Craig Smithson

Rugby Australia have been boosted by the news captain Michael Hooper has penned a five-year deal to include the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The 26-year-old Waratahs flanker, who has 82 caps for the Wallabies, was approaching the end of his current contract and could have looked to secure a lucrative deal in Europe later this year.

However, Hooper has resisted the temptation to move on and will stay put in the domestic game Down Under with a deal thought to be worth £680,000 per season.

"I never really thought about going elsewhere or entertaining anything like that," said Hooper.

"I was really keen to stay in Australia, and keep doing what I can for the Wallabies and the Waratahs.

"I'm not really into contracts and all that back-and-forward, so to know that I'm sorted through to the next World Cup is really comforting."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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