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Flanker Michael Hooper wins John Eales Medal

Flanker Michael Hooper wins John Eales Medal as Wallabies player of the year

Flanker Michael Hooper wins John Eales Medal

SYDNEY (AP) -- Flanker Michael Hooper has won the John Eales Medal after Wallabies rugby teammates voted him their player of the year.

The 22-year-old Hooper won the award with 297 votes from backrower Wycliff Palu with 185, and rugby league convert Israel Folau, 177, who was named rookie of the year.

Adam Ashley-Cooper (131) and Christian Lealiifano (102) filled out the top five after votes cast over the course of the season were tallied.

Hooper's win was the fifth by an openside flanker in 11 years.

George Smith won the medal in 2002 and 2008, Phil Waugh in 2003 and David Pocock in 2010.


Updated : 2021-03-09 04:08 GMT+08:00