Former Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper did not take long to settle into the speed of play in Sevens as he made his debut against Fiji at the Hong Kong SVNS.

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Within minutes of entering the field in their victory over Fiji, Hooper displayed his outstanding breakdown ability, which was one of the main factors contributing to his success in the 15s.


Breakdown master

The Wallabies centurion was committed in his first appearance and was quickly back on his feet after making a tackle to get over the ball and win the turnover at the breakdown, which will likely be the first of many.

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The 32-year-old was also used as a substitute in their second game where they lost 19-14 in the final play against France.

Another code switching star

Hooper is not the only prominent figure from the 15s to have switched to the Sevens; Frenchman Antoine Dupont also made the code change earlier in the season, debuting at the SVNS tournament in Vancouver with the hopes of winning an Olympic gold medal in Paris later this year.

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Once France moved the gifted player from the bench into the starting lineup, they saw a significant improvement as he adapted remarkably well to the speedier format. As a result, Les Bleus won their first championship on the circuit in 19 years, taking home the trophy in Los Angeles just one stop following Dupont’s debut.


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However, Dupont is not in Hong Kong with the France team since he returned to Toulouse to reconcile his obligations to his club and his Olympic goal.

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The 27-year-old will lead the side in their Champions Cup round of 16 tie with Racing 92 this weekend. The clash also sees the return of Dupont’s right-hand man Romain Ntamack, who has not played since suffering a serious knee injury in a warm-up game for the Rugby World Cup in France last year.

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