2014 would see MICHAEL HOOPER assert himself as one of the most coveted flankers in the game and a leader both on and off the field. With Dave Dennis taken out by injury, Hooper stepped into the NSW Waratahs captaincy role, leading them to their maiden Super Rugby title and winning his second Super Rugby Player of the Year award. That same season, Hooper was named the 82nd Wallabies Test Captain, becoming the youngest player (age 22, 223 days) to lead the side since Ken Catchpole (age 21, 354 days) in 1961. Hooper then went on and collected his second Australia's Choice Player of the Year, while finishing runner-up for the John Eales Medal. Since his Wallabies debut in 2012, Hooper has not missed a Qantas Wallabies Test match, featuring in all 42 Tests, starting in 36 and scoring seven tries. On top of an electric 2015 Super Rugby season, the 2013 John Eales Medallist re-signed with Australian Rugby until the end of the 2018 season.