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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
NSW Waratahs Captain Michael Hooper is set to become the youngest player to reach 100 Super Rugby games when he runs out against the Brumbies on Saturday night at Allianz Stadium.
At 25 years old (4 months and 18 days), Hooper take the title from fellow NSW Waratah Kurtley Beale.
Waratahs fans will have triple of the occasion to celebrate on Saturday night, with Hooper along with Nick Phipps and Sekope Kepu all celebrating milestones for the game.
Phipps will join Hooper in notching up 100 Super Rugby games, while Kepu will mark 100 games with the NSW Waratahs.
Looking back at his journey, Hooper admits it doesn’t get any easier playing but that’s what he enjoys most about it.
“I felt well out of my depth for quite a while,” said Hooper.
“It seems like an absolute age ago and (I had) a lot of scars and cuts less but loving it all the same.”
“You’re always on edge, you’re always wanting to get better and you’re always trying to improve and impress yourself and impress guys who have been around the club before you and worn the jersey.
“It’s a constant challenge, otherwise you’re just getting beat up for no reason,” he said.
And Hooper admitted the side will have it very tough when they face rivals the Brumbies.
“If years gone by is anything to go by, they’ve been really tough games, low scoring physical affairs.
“We know they love playing the Waratahs so it’s going to be a really tough hit-out.”
The Waratahs take on the Brumbies on Saturday 18 March at Allianz Stadium from 7:40pm www.waratahs.com.au/tickets
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The New South Wales Rugby Union is mourning the loss of former Waratah and Wallaby backrower Denis O’Callaghan, who passed away earlier this week.