On the eve of the first Test, the most maligned Australian rugby captain in history, Michael Hooper, said he wanted his Wallabies side to leave a “legacy”.
After the best part of two decades of disappointment, highlighted by the turbulence of the past five years which included the culling of the Western Force, Hooper’s new direction proved as refreshing as inspiring, as he joined John Eales by captaining the Wallabies on 55 times occasions.
On Saturday night, four days’ after their heartbreaking 28-26 defeat in Melbourne, the Wallabies delivered their gutsiest performance in years and certainly their best under Dave Rennie.
Having been reduced to 14 men after five minutes following Marika Koroibete’s controversial red card, the Wallabies produced their most inspiring and character-filled performance since their 2015 World Cup pool match win over Wales. On that October night at…