Mark Ella (57)
Another positive from a (thus far) disappointing campaign - Michael Hooper has clearly taken a step up as a leader.
Tactically I think he's making the right calls, and his composure was key in the second half of the Fiji game.
I am also becoming a fan of his referee communication. The conversation he had with Poite after the Kerevi penalty was robust but respectful, and far better than he's been previously.
While many were critical of him last season (myself included), I think he's gone to another level in this Cup and it's great to see.
I'm going to disagree there on Hoopers ref communication. I still think it's his one downside, and he often still comes across arrogant and argumentative. I think Cheika's rubbed off him a bit and he's just too emotional to address them respectfully.
Although I do agree he's getting better, and probably still the best option unless Poey was first choice. And I agree the calls he makes are generally the rights ones. I also think the Captain role is pretty over-rated, I think it generally has little bearing on the games - unless of coarse they are really bad (like when Moore was often ignored), or really good (like McCaw or Mowen was often listened too and could get 50/50 going there way).
I rate him as above average but still work to do. In comparison I think K.Read is probably at a similar level who I think it over-rated as leader.