Wallabies captain Michael Hooper named John Eales Medal winner for third time


Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has gained his third John Eales Medal, becoming a member of Israel Folau as the one gamers to win the celebrated award 3 times.

Hooper polled 91 factors within the player-led vote, ending simply three factors forward of final yr’s winner Marika Koroibete, whereas James Slipper was third with 79 factors.

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Nic White (61 factors) and Reece Hodge (56) rounded out the highest 5.

Michael Hooper has won the John Eales Medal for a third time.

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Michael Hooper has gained the John Eales Medal for a 3rd time.

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In a pandemic-reduced season, the Wallabies performed six exams, profitable one, drawing three and losing two.

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“On behalf of the Australian Rugby neighborhood, I wish to congratulate all of our winners all through the Rugby Australia Awards sequence,” Rugby Australia interim boss Rob Clarke mentioned.

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“I might particularly wish to congratulate our Wallabies captain, Michael Hooper, on profitable the John Eales Medal for a 3rd time.

Michael Hooper has joined Israel Folau as the only players to win the prestigious award three times.

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Michael Hooper has joined Israel Folau as the one gamers to win the celebrated award 3 times.

“Michael is an unimaginable rugby participant, an excellent captain and a very good chief on-and-off the sector.

“The best way he conducts himself is a credit score to him and the values he lives his life by, and we congratulate him on his achievement.

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“All our winners totally deserve the accolades in what has been a difficult 2020.”

The 29-year-old, who performed his 100th Check through the season, first captained the Wallabies in 2014, changing into the youngest man to guide Australia in 50 years.

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Hooper’s third medal, along with his 2013 and 2016 awards, means he joins Folau (2014, 2015 and 2017) with a hat-trick of medals.

Nathan Sharpe, George Smith and David Pocock have all gained the medal twice.

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Checklist of John Eales Medal winners

2002: George Smith

2003: Phil Waugh

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2004: David Lyons

2005: Jeremy Paul

2006: Chris Latham

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2007: Nathan Sharpe

2008: George Smith

2009: Matt Giteau

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2010: David Pocock

2011: Kurtley Beale

2012: Nathan Sharpe

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2013: Michael Hooper

2014: Israel Folau

2015: Israel Folau

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2016: Michael Hooper

2017: Israel Folau

2018: David Pocock

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2019: Marika Koroibete

2020: Michael Hooper

– NINE’S Large World of Sports activities.

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