Michael Hooper aims to combat Wallabies player drain with long-term deals

  • Australia captain signs five-year contract
  • Flanker expected to pocket $6m

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper, who signed a five-year contract extension on Friday, believes long-term deals can be a big weapon in Rugby Australia’s attempt to combat player drain.

Hooper is just the second player in Australian rugby history to take up a five-year deal after ex-rugby league star Lote Tuqiri in 2007. The flanker is expected to pocket approximately $6m but could have earned far more if he played overseas during the next five years.

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