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Stuart Hooper retained as Bath captain for 2013/14 season

Last Updated: 28/08/13 4:43pm

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Stuart Hooper: Retained for third season as Bath skipper

Stuart Hooper: Retained for third season as Bath skipper

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Bath have announced that Stuart Hooper will continue as club captain this season.

The former Saracens and Leeds lock made his 100th appearance for Bath last season - his second as first-team skipper.

Director of rugby Gary Gold paid a glowing tribute to the 31-year-old, insisting his leadership qualities made him the ideal choice to lead the side.

"Stuart is a consummate professional, both on and off the pitch, and is the embodiment of the standards we expect of all the players here at Bath," said Gold.

"His work ethic is second to none, he's a very intelligent player and he talks very well. His leadership qualities are unquestioned, and he has the utmost respect of all the players and staff at the Club.

"We are fortunate to have some very strong leaders within the squad, with the likes of Rob Webber, Dave Attwood, Peter Stringer, Francois Louw and Paul James.

"They, along with Stuart, will form our leadership group for the season, making sure that the high standards we set ourselves on and off the pitch are met."

Hooper added: "I am of course delighted and honoured to be asked by Gary and the coaches to captain Bath for another season.

"We have a very exciting squad here that I am very proud to lead, and we are all looking forward to getting out on the pitch and getting the season underway."

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