Hooper growing into captaincy role

Date published: January 20 2017

Waratahs captain Michael Hooper believes that the ‘Tahs have a strong leadership group going into the 2017 Super Rugby season.

After previous co-captain Dave Dennis left his post, Hooper will now take on the full responsibility. But the star flanker believes the job will be made easier by the amount of leadership around him in the Waratahs squad.

“I think to be successful you’ve got to have everyone in some capacity doing something as a leader and I can think plenty of guys who have been here for most of the year wanting to put up their hand, wanting to be a part of that,” Hooper told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“We have to help each other fill in that void that Dave did leave, but there’s always an opportunity for someone to step up.”

Hooper says that he is growing into the role and will need time to gather the experience needed to captain his side.

“I’d hope that I’m getting better as I go along and picking things up, I don’t think you’ve got the magic recipe to start and neither do the people around you. So yes, definitely a learning thing for me, but hoping that I learn as I go.”