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Why prop Harry Hoopert decided to leave Reds for Western Force

By Finn Morton
Harry Hoopert of the Reds during the round 10 Super Rugby Pacific match between the Hurricanes and the Queensland Reds at AAMI Park on April 23, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

Queenslander Harry Hoopert has become the latest player to head west with the promising prop signing with the Force until the end of 2025.


Hoopert was unveiled by the Western Force on Wednesday morning, and is set to join the club alongside fellow newcomers Nic White, Ben Donaldson, Will Harris and Harry Potter.

The 24-year-old was part of the Australia A touring squad last year. Unfortunately, Hoopert’s tour was cut short after he sustained an ACL injury in the 22-21 win over the Japan XV in Fukuoka.

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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.

“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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