Belfast Telegraph

Monday 26 January 2015

Hooper to captain Bath

Stuart Hooper
Stuart Hooper

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."

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