Michael Hooper has always been ahead of the game in some way or another.
At just 19 years old and a fresh graduate from St. Pius X College in Chatswood, Hooper was thrown his Super Rugby debut for the ACT Brumbies.
Six years on, he’d become the youngest player to record 100 appearances having already skippered the Waratahs to their maiden title in 2014 in place of the injured Dave Dennis.
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By then he had already written his name into Australian rugby folklore.
In 2014, Hooper (22 years and 268 days) was unveiled as Wallabies captain – the youngest since the great Ken