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Wallabies spring tour news 2021 Michael Hooper injury rules him out against Wales

An already challenging spring tour has just got worse for the Wallabies with news that inspirational captain Michael Hooper will miss the season-ending Test against Wales on Sunday (4.30am AEDT).

Hooper limped off Twickenham in the second half of Australia’s 32-15 loss to England on Sunday and scans have revealed a grade two mid-foot sprain.

The star flanker will stay with the Wallabies in Cardiff this week before returning home to Sydney.

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The Wallabies said there was no timeline placed on his recovery given it’s the last match of the year.

The 2022 Super Rugby season kicks off on February 18 and a fit and firing Hooper will be crucial to the Waratahs as they try to chart a winning path under new coach Darren Coleman.

Hooper has been nominated for the world player of the year award alongside teammate Samu Kerevi.

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The Wallabies have lost to Scotland and England on their tour of the United Kingdom after a five game winning streak against South Africa, Argentina and Japan.

The selectors are hoping that tighthead props Taniela Tupou and Allan Alaalatoa – who missed the England game – will clear return to play protocols after their head knocks against Scotland.

The Wallabies are yet to announce a replacement captain for Hooper.

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