Legacy. It’s something the Wallabies have struggled to imprint on the minds of young boys and girls for years.
Losing does that.
But ahead of Wednesday night’s opening Test against France at Suncorp Stadium, it is the change in rhetoric coming from the Wallabies captain Michael Hooper that could see a change in the wind.
Hooper, the maligned Wallabies captain who at times has been a lone wolf in a badly beaten side, has often resembled a forlorn, serious soul. Losing does that.
As the defeats have added up under Hooper’s watch, so has the frustration weighed his shoulders down and built on his face.
Yet, the best thing that could have happened to his career is a five-month sabbatical in Japan, where he’s returned with renewed energy and focus after playing…