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...will surpass George Gregan for most matches as Australian captain this weekend.

Not the best of captains over the years, but what a player. Has likely missed a lot of accolades due to being part of a declining team, but will go down as one of our greatest ever.
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Plays his heart out every week. :thumbup:
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Bindi wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:17 am ...will surpass George Gregan for most matches as Australian captain this weekend.

Not the best of captains over the years, but what a player. Has likely missed a lot of accolades due to being part of a declining team, but will go down as one of our greatest ever.
Yeah agreed. Great player unfortunately born into a weak era of Wallabies rugby. Gregan won a world cup and held the Bledisloe for a long time amongst many other successful winning records. Hooper hasn't had that level of success but he has been equally proud and committed to the Wallaby jersey. Congratulations to him. :thumbup:
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sorCrer wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:23 am Plays his heart out every week. :thumbup:
That's all you can ask for in a player really. Always plays 80 mins, and goes hard for every one of them.
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Massive heart, great player. Would make any World starting squad.
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bloody legend he is. pound for pound the toughest guy playing the game. wish there was a southern hem team (like the british lions). Imagine him with the best forwards from the boks and AB's.
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If he doesn’t gain at least a nomination for world player of the year I would be mightily surprised.
He reminds me of McCaw in that he gets absolutely smashed in every game he plays but never seems to get injured beyond a few bruises or stitches. It’s incredibly really. :thumbup:
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This is probably the best season he's played in a while. I think the season in Japan did him good.

He's been one of the best on pitch for every intl game this season. Has to be in the running for world rugby player of the year, particularly if the Wallabies can end the season on a high. Realistically, it wouldn't be outrageous for us to win our remaining games, or go close. Of course, it wouldn't be outrageous for the wheels to fall off and us lose them all either...
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Zakar wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:00 pm :thumbup:

This is probably the best season he's played in a while. I think the season in Japan did him good.

He's been one of the best on pitch for every intl game this season. Has to be in the running for world rugby player of the year, particularly if the Wallabies can end the season on a high. Realistically, it wouldn't be outrageous for us to win our remaining games, or go close. Of course, it wouldn't be outrageous for the wheels to fall off and us lose them all either...
Do you expect to win again this week? Do you think the last win has given your team the belief to pull it together


I think with some practce at taking the high ball and keeping the aggro from last game you guys can give the boks another nasty night!
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:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: ......onya Michael Hooper.......big motor big commitment to the Oz cause.
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Zakar wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:00 pm :thumbup:

This is probably the best season he's played in a while. I think the season in Japan did him good.

He's been one of the best on pitch for every intl game this season. Has to be in the running for world rugby player of the year, particularly if the Wallabies can end the season on a high. Realistically, it wouldn't be outrageous for us to win our remaining games, or go close. Of course, it wouldn't be outrageous for the wheels to fall off and us lose them all either...
His return from Japan has been very impressive …
I’ve never warmed to him but he’s an awesome player and bleeds rugby. As mentioned above would be 1st pick 7 if available for the all blacks …
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Total respect for Hooper -- he gives absolute commitment, is fearless, has a huge engine, and never ever eases off.
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Noob wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:59 pm
Zakar wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:00 pm :thumbup:

This is probably the best season he's played in a while. I think the season in Japan did him good.

He's been one of the best on pitch for every intl game this season. Has to be in the running for world rugby player of the year, particularly if the Wallabies can end the season on a high. Realistically, it wouldn't be outrageous for us to win our remaining games, or go close. Of course, it wouldn't be outrageous for the wheels to fall off and us lose them all either...
Do you expect to win again this week? Do you think the last win has given your team the belief to pull it together


I think with some practce at taking the high ball and keeping the aggro from last game you guys can give the boks another nasty night!
I don't expect it but it's certainly possible. At suncorp, a week after winning without playing our best, we're certainly in the fight.
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I dont think I ever expect the Wallabys to win.

We could be playing an under strength Uruguay and I would still be concerned we will lose.
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Undoubtedly a phenomenal player. Walks into a World XV IMO.

In fariness though, he's a pretty average captain who has cost the Wobs on more than one occasion by refusing to take an easy 3 points. It's probably a testament to the instability around him that he was often one of the few nailed on selections, and therefore racked up so many tests as captain.
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He seems to be taking better options as captain now.
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Bindi wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 1:46 am He seems to be taking better options as captain now.
I think there is a better leadership team around him, with good international experience. Players like JOC, Slipper, AAA and White are all experienced, have been captains of state teams and have played around the world. He isnt on his own any more.
Plus Hooper has always been a guy that could kick for the corners and score tries off the weight of him alone. So he took that option through his career. Unfortunately at the top level there are players as good as him so it doesnt always work. But he didnt know better.
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Zakar wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 12:29 am
Noob wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:59 pm
Zakar wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:00 pm :thumbup:

This is probably the best season he's played in a while. I think the season in Japan did him good.

He's been one of the best on pitch for every intl game this season. Has to be in the running for world rugby player of the year, particularly if the Wallabies can end the season on a high. Realistically, it wouldn't be outrageous for us to win our remaining games, or go close. Of course, it wouldn't be outrageous for the wheels to fall off and us lose them all either...
Do you expect to win again this week? Do you think the last win has given your team the belief to pull it together


I think with some practce at taking the high ball and keeping the aggro from last game you guys can give the boks another nasty night!
I don't expect it but it's certainly possible. At suncorp, a week after winning without playing our best, we're certainly in the fight.
I think the Wallabies saw what South Africa had to offer and now think "if we match them in the forwards, we'll win" I mean, I'm expecting South Africa to bounce back and maybe sneak a tight one but if you nullify their strengths, they have no Plan B to fall back on.

Personally, I just want to see some boorish Saffa fans eat more humble pie.
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Fantastic player and seems a great bloke. Reminds me a lot of McCaw in the way he conducts himself and commitment. Gets a lot more respect from opposition fans too for some reason.
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Once he divorced himself from the "Pooper", he has come into his own.

He reminds me a lot of Heinrich Brüssow in stature and the way he plays the game, particularly at the breakdown.
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Brilliant again.
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puku wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:48 am He reminds me a lot of Heinrich Brüssow in stature and the way he plays the game, particularly at the breakdown.
Am I missing something? He plays nothing like Brussow, at the breakdown or in any other facet. The only similarity is that they are both very good no.7s.
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Incredible player.
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Champion. Warrior. So often the best Wallaby on the park.

Go well legend. :thumbup:
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Ali's Choice wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:20 am
puku wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:48 am He reminds me a lot of Heinrich Brüssow in stature and the way he plays the game, particularly at the breakdown.
Am I missing something? He plays nothing like Brussow, at the breakdown or in any other facet. The only similarity is that they are both very good no.7s.
The only other factor that is similar is Brussow was Hooper were 'smallish' 7's.
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Ali's Choice wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:20 am
puku wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:48 am He reminds me a lot of Heinrich Brüssow in stature and the way he plays the game, particularly at the breakdown.
Am I missing something? He plays nothing like Brussow, at the breakdown or in any other facet. The only similarity is that they are both very good no.7s.
They play nothing alike. Their shape is probably the only thing although i reckon Hooper is slightly larger

Great game again by Hooper!
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More like George Smith than anyone.
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Ali's Choice wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:20 am
puku wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:48 am He reminds me a lot of Heinrich Brüssow in stature and the way he plays the game, particularly at the breakdown.
Am I missing something? He plays nothing like Brussow, at the breakdown or in any other facet. The only similarity is that they are both very good no.7s.
I agree AC. I think Brussow played more like Pocock (Pocock was the better player IMO).
Hooper is a such a skillful player with a very high work rate. He probably has the biggest engine of all the forwards. He also puts his body on the line every week. Can't believe he's played so many tests and he's only 29.
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Grandpa wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 11:19 am More like George Smith than anyone.
Yeah he's George Smith like in that if you had to chuck him from 6 through to 15 he'd do a job.
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One of the best players I've ever seen I think. Massively under rated. Like a 1 man army at times. Huge respect for him.
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You can call me Bill wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 1:36 pm One of the best players I've ever seen I think. Massively under rated. Like a 1 man army at times. Huge respect for him.
I think's he's great, and in top form, the best of his career. But he's also had a history of petulance as captain to refs, yellow cards and being outdone by other backrows physically. Especially last RWC cycle. Though i never doubt he's not a "give 100% to every game" type.
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Ali's Choice wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:20 am
puku wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:48 am He reminds me a lot of Heinrich Brüssow in stature and the way he plays the game, particularly at the breakdown.
Am I missing something? He plays nothing like Brussow, at the breakdown or in any other facet. The only similarity is that they are both very good no.7s.
I disagree. Look at the tapes of Brüssow and how he would attack the breakdown, sitting back and pouncing, locking onto the ball, unmoveable and tell me Hooper doesn't do the same thing. Brüssow didn't have the speed of Hooper around the park, but that is not necessarily part of being a good openside. The fact that Hooper has speed is a bonus.

It is almost like Hooper is the White Brüssow.
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puku wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:56 am
Ali's Choice wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:20 am
puku wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:48 am He reminds me a lot of Heinrich Brüssow in stature and the way he plays the game, particularly at the breakdown.
Am I missing something? He plays nothing like Brussow, at the breakdown or in any other facet. The only similarity is that they are both very good no.7s.
I disagree. Look at the tapes of Brüssow and how he would attack the breakdown, sitting back and pouncing, locking onto the ball, unmoveable and tell me Hooper doesn't do the same thing. Brüssow didn't have the speed of Hooper around the park, but that is not necessarily part of being a good openside. The fact that Hooper has speed is a bonus.

It is almost like Hooper is the White Brüssow.
I think the last line only works if Hooper and Brussow were both not Caucasian.

That aside, I don't think Hooper is anywhere near as likely to camp behind the first up tackler and snipe in for the jackal. Brussow used to almost go into a kind of split over the ball if i remember correctly and was certainly almost impossible to move. Hooper hits everything that moves first up/ second up and his jackaling is not his priority. Or at least, that's how it looks to me.
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Noob wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:19 pm
puku wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:56 am
Ali's Choice wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:20 am Am I missing something? He plays nothing like Brussow, at the breakdown or in any other facet. The only similarity is that they are both very good no.7s.
<...snip...> It is almost like Hooper is the White Brüssow
I think the last line only works if Hooper and Brussow were both not Caucasian.
"White X" is a boredism going back about 10 years.

But I agree Brüssow and Hooper aren't that similar.
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Tough as nails and with a massive heart. Always gives 100%, never gets injured, never has a bad game. And what a leader... Great player!
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Unbelievable player !!

Deserves the latest results more than anyone .
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He has improved as he has grown older and wiser.
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kiap wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:24 pm
Noob wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:19 pm
puku wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:56 am
Ali's Choice wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:20 am Am I missing something? He plays nothing like Brussow, at the breakdown or in any other facet. The only similarity is that they are both very good no.7s.
<...snip...> It is almost like Hooper is the White Brüssow
I think the last line only works if Hooper and Brussow were both not Caucasian.
"White X" is a boredism going back about 10 years.

But I agree Brüssow and Hooper aren't that similar.
Sorry I was referencing the fact that Basteraud was called the white Nonu but was in fact black. Wasnt that the joke? I have been lurking for a while :D
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kiap wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:24 pm
Noob wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:19 pm
puku wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:56 am
Ali's Choice wrote: Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:20 am Am I missing something? He plays nothing like Brussow, at the breakdown or in any other facet. The only similarity is that they are both very good no.7s.
<...snip...> It is almost like Hooper is the White Brüssow
I think the last line only works if Hooper and Brussow were both not Caucasian.
"White X" is a boredism going back about 10 years.

But I agree Brüssow and Hooper aren't that similar.
Liam Gill, tho', was similar to Brüssow in style of play albeit not on body shape. He won a stack of turnovers or penalties for the Reds when he was running hot, and not only in front of Strayan refs.
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