Hooper ‘gutted’ by suspension

Date published: October 7 2015

Michael Hooper has expressed his disappointment after being slapped with a one-match ban which will see him miss Australia's crunch clash against Wales on Saturday.

The flank was found guilty of charging into a ruck or maul without the use of arms or grasping the player he was making contact with, in this case England full-back Mike Brown.

A judiciary ruled that the offense was on the low end of the scale and worthy of a two-match ban which was reduced to one match on account of early admission of guilt and good conduct.

Australia have already qualified for the quarter-finals, and Hooper will be free to play in their knockout fixture, but the Wallabies need to beat Wales if they are to top Group A, and Hooper has admitted he is frustrated not to be able to help his side achieve that.

“You never want to miss a Test but then again we’ve seen people get hefty periods out of the game and you don’t want to be involved in that,” said Hooper.

“I put myself back up for selection next week and I’m able to train with the guys this week in really exciting build up to a big match.

“Obviously I’m gutted I won’t be able to be in the mix for selection. It really hurts. You always want to be in these sort of games, the big ones. It’s really disappointing.

“I think we had a fair trial. One week is not ideal, I’m not raving about it but we can move on and I’m glad it’s all over and done.”

It is expected that Hooper's place in the Wallabies' line-up will be taken by either Sean McMahon or Ben McCalman.