Michael Hooper won a 3rd John Eales Medal to end up the global season, in which he had his captaincy questioned, on a high.
The Wallabies skipper contributed to his 2013 and 2016 honours by declaring the player-voted MVP honour directly ahead of in 2015’’ s medallist Marika Koroibete.
The COVID-19 reduced Test calendar produced simply one win and 3 draws from 6 Tests under brand-new coach Dave Rennie, who had actually backed incumbent Hooper to continue in the function he held under Michael Cheika.
Hooper, who turned 29 in October, ended up being the youngest gamer to notch 100 Test caps at the same time.
But the flanker was required to safeguard his strategies and management as consistency of efficiencies once again pointed the Wallabies.
His colleagues revealed their faith though, Hooper ballot 91 votes to pip winger Koroibete (88) with veteran prop James Slipper (79 ), halfback Nic White (61) and energy back Reece Hodge (56) completing the leading 5.
Taniela Tupou won the Super Rugby AU gamer of the year while his Queensland and Wallabies colleague Harry Wilson declared Rugby Australia’’ s novice of the year as part of a week-long roll-out of awards.
““ Michael is an unbelievable rugby gamer, an exceptional leader and an exceptional captain on-and-off the field,” ” RA manager Rob Clarke stated.
““ The method he performs himself is a credit to him and the worths he lives his life by, and we praise him on his accomplishment.
““ All our winners completely should have the awards in what has actually been a difficult 2020.””
RUGBY AUSTRALIA AWARDS
* Women’’ s Sevens Player of the Year: Sharni Williams
* Men’’ s Sevens Player of the Year: Nick Malouf
* Super W Player of the year: Ema Masi
* Super Rugby AU Player of the Year: Taniela Tupou
* Referee of the Year: Amy Perrett
* Rookie of the year: Harry Wilson
* Spirit of Rugby Award: Garry Quinlivan
* John Eales Medal: Michael Hooper
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