Posted: Monday 9th June 2014 at 9:42 am

Michael Hooper to captain Australia against France after Stephen Moore injury


In his maiden Test as skipper at the weekend, Moore limped out of the 50-23 win over the French after suffering suspected medial ligament damage to his left knee.

And with the second Test just five days away, it has been announced that 22-year-old flanker Hooper will lead the side out at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

“It’s a massive honour to captain your country and I’m confident Michael has all the right leadership qualities to lead this team moving forward,” said head coach Ewen McKenzie.

“He’ll undoubtedly bring his own unique personality to the way things are done but we wouldn’t have recognised him in a leadership capacity at the beginning of this series if we didn’t think he had to the ability to step into this role.

“I couldn’t have been more impressed with his performance on the weekend after Stephen went down, so we know the added responsibility won’t impact the high level of play we all expect from him each week.

“He’ll also step up to shape how this team functions off the field.

“As a group, we’ve clearly defined expectations around team culture and Michael will play a significant role in delivering that within the group.

“However, no one player has a mortgage on leadership and we’ll be expecting a number of guys within the group to lead.”

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