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.
Nic White (61 factors) and Reece Hodge (56) rounded out the highest 5.
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.
“I might particularly wish to congratulate our Wallabies captain, Michael Hooper, on profitable the John Eales Medal for a 3rd time.
“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.
“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.
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.
Checklist of John Eales Medal winners
2002: George Smith
2003: Phil Waugh
2004: David Lyons
2005: Jeremy Paul
2006: Chris Latham
2007: Nathan Sharpe
2008: George Smith
2009: Matt Giteau
2010: David Pocock
2011: Kurtley Beale
2012: Nathan Sharpe
2013: Michael Hooper
2014: Israel Folau
2015: Israel Folau
2016: Michael Hooper
2017: Israel Folau
2018: David Pocock
2019: Marika Koroibete
2020: Michael Hooper
– NINE’S Large World of Sports activities.