Stuart Hooper retains Bath captaincy
July 16, 2014
Stuart Hooper is Bath captain for the 2014-15 season © Getty Images
Bath Rugby have confirmed Stuart Hooper will keep the captaincy for the fourth consecutive season.
Hooper, who has made 150 appearances for Bath, has been a key figure in their pack and Mike Ford said he had no hesitation in giving Hooper the honour once again.
"I've worked with some great captains throughout my career, but Stuart really is the finest I've had the pleasure of working with", explained Ford. "Stuart embodies everything you look for in a captain, and everything we expect from our players here at Bath.
"His leadership is second to none, he's a skilful, intelligent player on the pitch, and just as importantly he's a wonderful example off the field to the rest of the squad. He also has the respect of everyone at the club. His work ethic and dedication to improving week on week is exactly what we, as a group of coaches and players, need as we continue the development of the club."
Hooper added: "It's an honour to be named as captain for another season, and I'm very proud to be given the chance to continue leading Bath as we keep improving. We have a very exciting squad, and we know we have the potential to progress even more. We know what we have to do next season, and all the hard work ahead of us, but we can't wait to get started."
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