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The Wallabies will be without captain Michael Hooper for the Rugby Championship opener against Argentina after the skipper informed coach Dave Rennie he’s struggling mentally.

The four-time John Eales Medalist told team officials on Thursday night his “mindset” is not where it should be to lead the team against the Pumas on Sunday morning (5.10am AEST) in Mendoza.

“The 121 Test openside flanker believes he’s not in the mindset to fulfil the responsibility that goes with leading and representing his country at this point in time,” the Wallabies said in a statement on Saturday.

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Centurion prop James Slipper will take over the Wallabies captaincy, and Fraser McReight will come into the team at openside flanker.

“While this decision did not come easily I know it is the right one for me and the team at this point in time,” Hooper said.

“My whole career I’ve looked to put the team first and I don’t feel I am able to fulfil my responsibilities at the moment in my current mindset.”

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The Wallabies have given him the green light to take as much time as he needs.

Rennie described Hooper’s decision as courageous.

“Michael’s one of the most professional and impressive men I’ve coached (and) I know this has been a difficult decision for him,” Rennie said.

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“He’s shown true courage by acknowledging where he is at and acting on it.

“We will support him in any way we can and I know the team will be focused on getting the job done tomorrow.”

Rugby Australia chief executive Andy Marinos described Hooper as “an incredible leader.”

“It takes a brave man to identify where he’s at and come forward whilst having the best interests of the team at heart,” Marinos said.

“His wellbeing is and remains the highest priority right now where Rugby Australia and the Australian rugby community will do everything to support him and his family.”

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Parramatta five-eighth Dylan Brown has been charged with five counts of sexual touching without consent after an alleged incident at a hotel in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Saturday night.

It’s understood police were called when a 20-year-old woman reported the alleged incident to staff at the Golden Sheaf pub.

NSW Police confirmed that Brown is due to answer the charges at the Downing Centre Local Court this week.

“About 11.40pm yesterday officers attached to Eastern Suburbs PAC were called to a hotel on South Head Rd at Double Bay following a report of sexual touching,” a police statement read.

“Police arrested a 22-year-old man. He was taken to Waverley Police Station where he has been charged with sexually touch another person without consent.

“He was granted bail to appear before Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday, June 7.”

The Eels had the bye this weekend and play the Bulldogs next Monday afternoon.

“The Parramatta Eels have been made aware of an incident involving Dylan Brown last night,” Parramatta said in a statement.

“The club has advised the NRL integrity unit as per our normal process. As it is a police matter, the club will not be making further comment at this time”.

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Rennes edged out Lille and Monaco to secure a top-four finish while Nantes’ first league win since February saw them stay up at Auxerre’s expense on a dramatic final day of Ligue 1 action.

Rennes clinched a 2-1 victory against Brest thanks to a Benjamin Bourigeaud brace, seizing on Lille’s 1-1 draw with relegated Troyes and Monaco’s 2-1 reverse against Toulouse to take fourth.

Bruno Genesio’s side thus secured Europa League football for next season, while Paulo Fonseca’s Lille must settle for a Europa Conference League spot and Monaco missed out entirely.

Champions Paris Saint-Germain squandered a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to Clermont, meaning they finished just one point clear of runners-up Lens, who ended the season with a 3-1 win at Auxerre.

That victory allowed Nantes to finalise a great escape in their final game, vaulting Auxerre to secure safety with a 1-0 win over relegated Angers.

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A second string Chiefs team kept the Queensland Reds’ season alive as the ladder leaders destroyed the Western Force 43-19 in Perth on Saturday night.

A Force victory would have catapulted the club into the quarter-finals and knocked Brad Thorn’s Reds out of the playoffs.

But the Force got stage fright as a severely understrength Chiefs side played with immense freedom and confidence in the final game of the regular season.

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The Chiefs already had top spot locked up heading into round 15 and coach Clayton McMillan rested stars Damian McKenzie, Emoni Narawa, Brad Weber, Luke Jacobson, Sam Cane, Brodie Retallick and Samisoni Taukei’aho.

But, led well by All Blacks centre Anton Lienert-Brown, the Chiefs youngsters took their opportunities superbly in front of a shell-shocked Sea of Blue.

Lienert-Brown scored one of the better tries of the night when he calmly collected a cross-kick from five-eighth Rameka Poihipi to complete a raid sparked by fullback Shaun Stevenson.

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The Chiefs will now host a quarter-final against the Reds in Hamilton after Queensland were thrashed 41-17 by the Fijian Drua in Suva earlier on Saturday.

The Crusaders, who lost 27-26 to the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday, finished second on the ladder and will host the Drua in Christchurch.

The third-placed Blues will welcome the NSW Waratahs in Friday’s opening quarter-final, while the fourth-ranked Brumbies will entertain the Hurricanes in Canberra on Saturday.

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Friday: Blues (3) vs Waratahs (6) in Auckland

Saturday: Chiefs (1) vs Reds (8) in Hamilton

Saturday: Crusaders (2) vs Drua (7) in Christchurch

Saturday: Brumbies (4) vs Hurricanes (5) in Canberra

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