Michael Hooper wins John Eales Medal for 2016
Michael Hooper has claimed a runaway John Eales Medal win
The flanker the fourth player to claim Australia’s highest rugby honour twice
Hooper beat second place David Pocock by 107 votes to win the award
Waratahs Captain and Wallabies vice-captain, Michael Hooper has won the 2016 John Eales Medal after first claiming the title back in 2013.
The number seven beat out David Pocock by 107 votes to win the award, with his back row partner finishing second despite missing five Tests in 2016, with his World Cup domination propelling him up the leaderboard.
“Over the past twelve months, Michael has been consistently one of the most impressive players in the world, and this was never more evident than during last year’s World Cup when he combined masterfully with David Pocock to steer Australia to the final,” said Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver.
“Michael is still 24 but has shown than age is no barrier after having been named Australia’s youngest Test captain in 2014.”
The 24-year-old was also voted the fan favourite for a remarkable fourth year in a row, with his award double answering some early season critics.