Michael Hooper’s situation gives us an opportunity to speak up and share some words about an ongoing issue in this world; mental health. For those who do not know, Hooper is the captain for the Australian National Team. He is a phenomenal player, and has given his all throughout the 121 tests representing his country. But on the eve of his 122nd test, he showed what it truly means to have strength. As the team was set to take on Argentina today, Hooper withdrew his name from contention to return back home for what was reported as “personal reasons”. As some time went on, we heard from him that it was due to not being in the correct mindset to fulfill his duties as captain. He didn’t owe anyone a reason behind his decision, but again showed strength in disclosing why he made it as the whole world was looking at him and wondering. What happened next is a true testament of what this sport is all about; rallying behind your mates. There has been an outpouring of support for his decision, which shows us all why it is important to speak up if you’re struggling. Whether it’s a random Wednesday morning, or on the eve of a major test match, your mental health should always come first, and you will never let anyone down or disappoint by prioritizing it. A lot of men think it shows strength to fight your demons alone or push through the struggle, but the real strength is having the courage to speak up, address it, and utilize help to get better. The KJRFC very strongly feels for these issues, and we try to hammer this into our own guys. You are not alone, and you owe it to yourself to not fight alone. It may be hard, but so is prolonging your struggle. Your mates will always have your back, and rugby will always be here for you whenever you have the strength again to return. Your mates are here to help pick you up off the rugby field, but more importantly, in life as well. Speak up. Together, we can help get you through your darkest days. Thank you, Hooper.
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