Australian Rugby has a new team member who has brought controversy within the industry. However, Hooper, captain of the Wallabies is amazed that 16-year-old Suaalii is about to sign for the team, representing a big challenge for the young talent.
Hooper, who is the captain of the Australian national team The Wallabies and the Waratahs in Super Rugby, signed a contract with this last one until the 2023 World cup season.
The 99-capped Wallaby told the magazine that he wanted to grow as a player, that’s why he will remain only in Australian sports tournaments. Due to the pandemic crisis, this is an opportunity to connect with Australian team members to focus on a better game strategy.
To become a legend in the rugby world and not just the Australian one, he said it’s time to set goals to get better every day. Hooper emphasizes the importance of sharing knowledge to next-generation players such as Suaalii, leaving a trademark that can be followed over time.
In the meantime, Suaalii has been in the headlines as the only 16-year-old rugby player to sign a $3million deal with the Australian rugby team. This is shocking news for most players who said that COVID-19 has been cutting salaries while the league delivers a contract of millions to young talents.
Hooper replied that he would have hated to be in the headlines at such a young age and hopes for Suaalii to perform his best in the next competition. He also said that he is happy and excited to be in the conversation to sign Suaalii and that new talents enter the rugby union.
The Australian Rugby team often presents talented stars that brighten the team with new ideas, and this hasn’t changed. Since Suaalii is just signed in the competition, Hooper is excited to be part of such a great step for the team.