Stuart Hooper

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Stuart Hooper
Stuart Hooper.jpg
Birth name Stuart Hooper
Date of birth (1981-11-18) 18 November 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Exeter, England
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 113 kg (17 st 11 lb)
School Ivybridge Community College
Queen Elizabeth's Community College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Bath
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Leeds Carnegie
Correct as of 4 April 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005 England Saxons ()

Stuart Hooper (born 18 November 1981) is a former rugby union player, who last played for Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership until April 2016.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Exeter, Hooper played basketball at county level until he was 16, before opting for rugby on his move to the specialist sports campus at Ivybridge Community College.


Saracens: 1999-2003[edit]

Hooper broke into the Saracens team whilst still a teenager and played alongside Frenchman Abdel Benazzi in the second row.

Leeds: 2003-2007[edit]

After making over 30 appearances or so for Saracens he made a surprise move to Leeds Tykes in June 2003.[2] He made his Tykes debut against Bath on 14 September 2003. During his time at Leeds he helped them win the 2004–05 Powergen Cup, where he started in the final.[3]

In June 2005 Hooper was called up for England Saxons against France and was part of their Churchill Cup success in Canada. Hooper captained the 2009 Saxons side in the Churchill Cup.[4]

Hooper was appointed as captain of Leeds Tykes for the 2005–06 Guinness Premiership season, and in doing so became the youngest captain in the league.

Bath Rugby: 2007-2016[edit]

In April 2006, Hooper re-signed with Leeds, but left at the end of the 2007–08 season to join Bath.[5] On 5 July 2011 Hooper was named the new Bath club captain for the 2011–12 season.

Hooper retired with immediate effect from all rugby under medical advice on 14 April 2016 as the result of a back injury.[1] On 30 August 2016 it was announced the Hooper would take on the role of Performance and Player Development Director at Bath.[6]



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  2. ^ "Leeds sign promising youngster Hooper". RTÉ. 2003-04-24. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Bath 12-20 Leeds". BBC. 16 April 2005. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "England Saxons 28–20 Argentina A". 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Hooper to join Bath". Sky Sports. 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Stuart Hooper: Former Bath captain takes player development role". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-09-01. 

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