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Revealed: What pushed Michael Hooper to breaking point and forced Test withdrawal

Revealed: What pushed Michael Hooper to breaking point and forced Test withdrawal

When Michael Hooper stepped down less than 48 hours before the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship kicked off in Argentina, it shocked the world. From Will Carling to Karmichael Hunt, there was an outpouring of support around the world as Hooper’s “mindset” turned out to be wrong and he missed the test and flew home. However, for …

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How “uncompromising” Slater dominated Origin – and why “it’s time” for him to do it again

Billy Slater was born for Origin. When lightning speed finally waned and his ornate playing career drew to a close, the question was when he would become Queensland’s coach, not if. Slater was appointed last September and during his first camp as Maroons boss this week, he admitted that he did not know what coach …

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