"Stuart is an exemplary leader, both on and off the field." Gold said. "His leadership qualities have been evident to us since the start of pre-season, and obviously to the Club before that, and he is a hugely dedicated professional. He is a strong communicator, a very clever player and his work ethic is outstanding. Possibly most importantly of all, he has the complete respect of all the players and staff here."
The 6' 5" second row joined Bath, who will play in the Amlin Challenge Cup in the coming season, from Leeds Carnegie four years ago. Hooper said: "I feel an immense amount of pride and honour in being asked by Gary and the coaches to continue as captain this season. As a group we are hugely excited about the season ahead and on a personal level I look forward to fighting for my place in a hugely competitive squad and leading the team into the coming season."
Bath open their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign with an away trip to Bucharest Wolves in in Pool 4 on Saturday, 13 October.