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After more than 30 years with The Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax Media in Australia, Greg Growden now writes exclusively online for ESPNscrum. Never afraid to step on toes, you can expect plenty of compelling insight from one of Australia's most renowned rugby writers.

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Michael Hooper returns to the top
Greg Growden
May 26, 2014

As the push for Michael Hooper to take over the Wallabies captaincy intensifies, the New South Wales Waratahs back-rower has regained the lead in the Greg Growden Medal voting.

A standout performance against the Rebels saw him move ahead of Western Force No.8 Ben McCalman at the top of the leader board, while Brumbies half-back Nic White remains in third position.

Force captain Matt Hodgson is also in contention after his man-of-the-match effort against the Lions elevated him to fourth spot. Hodgson has been in fine form over the past month, which has seen him among the 32-names in the Wallabies squad to play France in June.

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