Rugby Union Today: Michael Hooper signs new contract

Date published: August 9 2018

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Michael Hooper was reported to have signed a new contract with Rugby Australia.

What’s on the site

Read the story on Wallabies captain Michael Hooper, who has reportedly signed a new deal with Rugby Australia, which will commit him to the governing body until 2023.

The other big story of the past 24 hours has centred on Wales coach Shaun Edwards, with the defence guru set to return to rugby league after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

What’s in the news

Ronan O’Gara has praised the culture at the Crusaders after being involved in their second successive Super Rugby title. The former Ireland international was part of the coaching team as they defeated the Lions in the final and O’Gara hailed the influence of boss Scott Robertson.

Continuing in the southern hemisphere and ex-Australia captain Stirling Mortlock has rubbished the comments by New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen, who claimed that the Wallabies are favourites for the game next week.

Elsewhere, Amanaki Mafi has been in the news again after it was alleged that the number eight was involved in an altercation with a member of the Japanese backroom staff in June.

What’s on social media

Former Australia wing Drew Mitchell trained with the squad as they prepared for the Bledisloe Cup game against New Zealand and the 34-year-old did not enjoy the conditioning work.

What’s on TV

One of those incredibly rare times when no games are televised. Catch your breath though as next week it’s the Rugby Championship.