Michael Hooper has downplayed becoming the most-capped Wallabies skipper in history, instead focusing on how to take down the world champion Springboks for the second time in six days.
All Blacks skipper Sam Whitelock says his Wallabies counterpart, Michael Hooper, had contacted him at the height of the Rugby Championship feud between New Zealand Rugby and Rugby Australia.
We take a look at five international stars, including two World Cup-winning captains, who were eligible to represent other countries in Test rugby.
Dave Rennie has included 11 uncapped players in the Wallabies squad while there was also a recall for Sitaleki Timani eight years after his last Test appearance.
Vengeance will be up for grabs when the 2014 Waratahs line up in Christchurch to take on the 2008 Crusaders in Game 3 of the Greatest Super Rugby Team tournament.
Head coach Dave Rennie has included three uncapped players in Australia’s run-on lineup for their Bledisloe Test against the All Blacks in Wellington on Sunday.
The Western Force and Waratahs have made several changes to their lineups for Friday’s Super Rugby AU match in Queensland.
Coach Rob Penney has named two uncapped players in the Waratahs starting XV for Friday’s Super Rugby AU opener against the Reds in Brisbane.
New coach Dave Rennie says Michael Hooper is not guaranteed a place in the Wallabies’ starting lineup nor the captaincy.
Michael Hooper still hopes to lead the Wallabies after deciding to step down as Waratahs captain ahead of the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby season.