Australian Rugby
Michael Hooper wins John Eales Medal
ESPN Staff
October 24, 2013
Michael Hooper of the Wallabies poses with the John Eales Medal, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Sydney, October 24, 2013
Michael Hooper with the John Eales medal © Getty Images
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Australia's Michael Hooper was named the 2013 John Eales Medal winner and Wallaby of the Year in Sydney on Thursday.

Hooper has been one of the shining lights in the Wallabies squad, in what has been a difficult year for Australian rugby. The two awards have been added to his personal haul which already included Super Rugby Player of the Year and the Wallabies Rookie of the Year in 2012.

Despite the emergence of Israel Folau this year, the ex-rugby league star found himself in third while Wycliff Palu took second place behind Hooper in the John Eales medal standings. Folau, instead, took the Rookie of the Year award while Will Genia scooped Try of the Year.

The evening also acknowledged the 2013 Wallaby Hall of Fame inductees: Michael Lynagh, Charlie Eastes and Bill Cerutti.

2013 John Eales Medal - full list of award winners:

  • 2013 John Eales Medal: Michael Hooper, NSW
  • Australia's Choice - Qantas Wallaby of the Year: Michael Hooper, NSW
  • Try of the Year: Will Genia, QLD
  • Rookie of the Year: Israel Folau, NSW
  • Shawn Mackay Award - Qantas Sevens Player of the Year: Con Foley, QLD
  • Qantas Men's Sevens Player of the Year: Con Foley, QLD
  • Women's Player of the Year: Sharni Williams, ACT
  • Joe French Award: Dr Peter Myers, QLD
  • Under 20s Player of the Year: Curtis Browning, QLD
  • Nick-Farr Jones Spirit of Rugby Award: Kerry Brady, NSW
  • Roger Vanderfield Award - Referee of the Year: Steve Walsh, ARU
  • Volunteer of the Year: Micky Wilson, SA
  • 2013 Qantas Wallabies Ultimate Fan: Trevor Hancock, ACT

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