Wallabies captain Michael Hooper will on Saturday be crowned the national side’s most-capped captain when he leads the squad for a record 60th time. The weekend’s match against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium will mark Hooper’s 113th test played for Australia since his debut for the national side back in 2012.
Australia will be fresh off a stellar and very exciting 28-26 victory against the South African Springboks last Sunday. The win, which meant the first loss of the championship season for World Cup winners South Africa, leaves New Zealand as the only yet-to-be-beaten team.
According to Wallabies coach Dave Rennie, Hooper’s upcoming game in Brisbane is a magnificent achievement – both personally as well as professionally. Rennie said what impressed him most about the Wallabies captain was his leadership both on as well as away from the field. He each day strives to be better than the day before, said Rennie, making him a deserving bearer of the new record cap.
Upcoming changes for the weekend’s game include James Slipper returning to the starting side after spending last weekend against South Africa on the bench. For South Africa, there will be two significant changes by coach Jacques Nienaber. Replacing Lood de Jager (concussion protocols) will be Marvin Orie. The other change will be the brining in of Trevor Nyakane to start for Steven Kitshoff.
The Wallabies are anticipating improved execution from the Springboks for the weekend’s game. No further changes are expected from their game plan, said former Wallabies fullback Chris Latham this week.
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