FIELD READY: Former Dalby man Harry Hoopert training with the Queensland Reds senior squad.
FIELD READY: Former Dalby man Harry Hoopert training with the Queensland Reds senior squad. Queensland Reds

Hoopert ready for challenge

RUGBY UNION: Former Dalby Wheatmen player Harry Hoopert is another step closer to making his Super Rugby debut next year, after being named in the Queensland Reds squad.

The squad will start their pre-season training in the coming weeks, with Hoopert hoping to make an impression with the team.

Hoopert participated in roughly a month of pre-season training last season, before spending the year with the under-20 squad.

He said the call-up to the main squad would give him the drive to push forward with his career.

"I will be doing the whole pre-season this time and I am looking forward to it,” Hoopert said.

"I just want to learn as much as possible off guys like (player) James Slipper.”

The prop-forward said his goal was to break into the first-grade team at some stage in the new season.

"My personal goal is to make my debut in Super Rugby,” he said.

The Queensland Reds hope to improve on their 2017 season, which was a struggle at best.

New coach Brad Thorn has inherited a team that finished third in the Australian Conference, well outside the finals race. The team only managed four wins from their 15 matches.


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