Michael Hooper: Australian captain not in right ‘mindset’ to play for Wallabies

Michael Hooper first captained Australia in 2014

Australia captain Michael Hooper has withdrawn from Saturday’s Rugby Championship opener away to Argentina and will return home as he is not in the right “mindset” to play.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said Hooper had “shown true courage”.

“While this decision did not come easily I know it is the right one for me and the team at this point in time,” said Hooper, 30.

“My whole career I’ve looked to put the team first and I don’t feel I am able to fulfil my responsibilities at the moment in my current mindset.”

Prop James Slipper will lead the side…

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