Why prop Harry Hoopert decided to leave Reds for Western Force
Hoopert, who played 48 matches for the Queensland Reds over six years, had been “keeping a close eye on the Force” before putting pen to paper with the Perth-based franchise.
“(Coach Simon) Crono coached me in the U20 a few years ago, even then, he was incredibly detailed and thorough, which is what I am looking forward to gaining from him,” Hoopert said.
“I’ve been keeping a close eye on the Force for the last year, and the recent signings especially have caught my attention and made me want to make a move over.
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“I have been at the Reds for six years, so the move will be a welcomed change. The opportunity to come to a younger squad and help out, having input where I can, is exciting.
“The coaches have built a strong group andly believe that the Force can build on last season.”
Hoopert made his Super Rugby debut during an upset win over the Lions at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.
It was the start of a promising career in Queensland – but the next chapter is waiting to be written in Western Australia.
“Harry’s addition brings depth to our front row,” coach Simon Cron said. “With 48 Super caps and Australia A appearances, his experience is invaluable.
“He’ll challenge and elevate his fellow players on a daily basis, both on and off the training field.”
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