Hooper to captain Bath
Bath have confirmed that lock Stuart Hooper will captain the club during the forthcoming season.
The 29-year-old moved to The Rec from Leeds three years ago and has made a huge impression with his effective line-out work and mobility around the field. He takes over the role from Luke Watson, with the former South Africa back-rower having decided to return to his homeland.
"It was a huge honour to be asked to be captain, and I didn't hesitate in accepting," Hooper said. " I am very excited for the coming season, and with the squad we have here everything is pointing towards a successful future for Bath Rugby."
He added: "We know that there is a lot of hard work to be done first though, and I am looking forward to getting on with training hard, fighting for my place in a very competitive squad, and leading the boys into the new season."
Director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan said: "Hoops is a natural leader, both on and off the field.
"He has very strong leadership qualities, which have been and will continue to be a huge asset to the club.
"He is a very strong communicator, a hugely dedicated professional and, most importantly, has the total respect of all the players."