Michael Hooper is hopeful of being declared fit to face New Zealand in the first match of the Bledisloe Cup as Australia’s captain continues his recovery from a torn hamstring.
Hooper, 26, suffered the muscle injury during the third Test against Ireland in Sydney in June, forcing him to miss the conclusion of the Waratahs’ Super Rugby season.
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“It’s feeling good. I am a little off the pace,” Hooper told rugby.com.au.
“It’s the first real footy I have played in over six weeks, but I am comfortable in how the injury has progressed in getting here and I have had great rehab.
“I am putting myself in the best position to get myself right for the first game.
“Hiccups aside, with a week of training, I should be in a good position next week.”
Asked how he felt watching his Waratahs team-mates from the sidelines, Hooper said: “I don’t want to ever get better at that. I want to get back on the field, but it’s given me a different perspective at some of the great things that go on around rugby.
“It’s been enjoyable to give my body a rest, but I want to get back on the field.”
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