Michael Hooper’s rugby career continues to go from strength to strength off the back of yet another outstanding season. Considered one of the world’s best flankers, Hooper hit international headlines as he mastered the field alongside revered teammate David Pocock on the Rugby World Cup stage in 2015. Hooper was guaranteed his spot in the national side for the fourth year straight, having once again featured on the Super Rugby leaderboards for tackles, tackle busts, try assists and run metres. In recognition of his unrelenting efforts, Hooper added to an already extensive list of accolades, securing his third consecutive Matthew Burke Cup, as voted once again by his teammates, as well as the Members’ Choice Award. At the John Eales’ Medal Awards Night he was named as ‘Australia’s Choice’ Wallaby of the Year, as voted by fans, for the third consecutive year. It took Hooper just over 12 months in Wallaby gold to win the John Eales Medal itself in 2013, the same year he was bestowed the title as Australia’s Super Rugby Player of the Year. The following year he was recognised, together with teammate Israel Folau, as the joint winner of Super Rugby Player of the Year in a season that saw him play a pivotal role in the Waratahs' maiden title. It was a year that also saw Hooper take the reins as captain of both the Waratahs and the Wallabies, following injuries to David Dennis and Stephen Moore, respectively.