Quade Cooper

Quade Cooper to travel to New Zealand with Wallabies for Bledisloe Cup

James O’Connor’s groin injury will prevent the No 10 travelling to New Zealand and with border restrictions set to play havoc with the Wallabies’ upcoming test campaign, Rennie has done the unthinkable by bringing back the 70-test playmaker back into an Australian squad.

Cooper, who recently revealed he has had his application for Australian citizenship turned down four times, will travel to New Zealand with the rest of the team on Friday.

New Zealand born Quade Cooper denied Australian citizenship despite 70 tests for Wallabies

The 33-year-old has had his request for Australian citizenship rejected even though he’s lived here since he was 13 and played 70 tests in Wallaby gold. It’s not the first time he’s applied but it is the first time he’s shared the outcome on his social media feeds.

“Awkward moment,” Cooper wrote as he published the decision, which showed a definitive “Refused” next to his quest for citizenship. “Wearing the green and gold 70 times apparently is not enough these days.” He then went on to give an ironic cheers to “Shannon”, who had signed off on the government decision.

Former Wallabies star Quade Cooper reveals ambitions to play NRL this year

The 32-year-old is back in Brisbane after wrapping up his debut season with the Kintetsu Liners in Japan’s second-tier Top Challenge League in January.

Cooper still has another eight months until he is due to return to Japan for playing duties, and is contemplating asking Kintestu for permission to explore a short-term NRL deal before the June 30 transfer deadline.

Quade Cooper eager to play rugby league alongside Sonny Bill Williams - 'I wouldn't mind playing NRL either'

Cooper said he wants to swap codes and give the 13-man game "a fair crack" with Williams, a good friend of his, at the Toronto Wolfpack before the pair retire.

"I want to play with Sonny before we both retire. But I wouldn't mind playing NRL either, just for one season or even just come and do some training with the lads to see what it is like," Cooper said on the Ice Project podcast.

"If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. I am happy with what I have been able to achieve, but if the opportunity arose I would love to do it."

Quade Cooper fires not so subtle parting shot at Michael Cheika

"If he actually cared about Aus rugby he would have done it a while ago," Cooper wrote on Twitter.

The 31-year-old first-five hasn't played for the Wallabies since 2017.

He was included in the preliminary squad six months out from the World Cup in Japan, but didn't make the final 31-man party.

     

Quade Cooper 'wrecked' by Super Rugby return

 But the controversial first-five still harbours a strong desire to get back into the Wallabies in a World Cup year and confirmed he has been in further contact with the national team's management.

Cooper was sidelined from the competition last year when he was frozen out by Queensland coach Brad Thorn, but the 31-year-old has played more Super Rugby minutes than any of his Rebels teammates, who he joined for 2019.

Set to face the Reds in Melbourne on Friday night, Cooper said he really needed their bye two weeks ago.

Quade Cooper to face Wallabies

A Wallabies regular until the Rugby Championship this year, the five-eighth will skipper the invitational team at Sydney's Allianz Stadium on October 28.

Jones, a former Wallabies coach, tweeted the announcement on Wednesday and interviewed the 70-test veteran on his 2GB radio show.

Cooper has been playing for Brisbane City in the NRC this season while the Wallabies have played New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.

The 29-year-old said he would be out to entertain rugby fans with a focus on attack.

Kerevi backs Cooper to rediscover form

Kerevi made his return to the Wallabies fold this week after missing the June series with an ankle injury, but it was without his long-time Queensland teammate, who was a high-profile absentee from Michael Cheika’s Rugby Championship training squad.

Cooper’s omission was an that surprised players and fans alike, coming after a challenging year at the Reds.

The 70-Test Wallabies flyhalf has taken the chance to head on an overseas holiday while the Wallabies are in camp and Kerevi said Cooper was staying positive despite being overlooked.

Hunt out, Cooper still unwanted

Hunt, who started at inside centre in all three of Australia's June tests, was a notable absentee at training on Monday in Newcastle. 

The 30-year-old will spend about two months on the sidelines, putting him in doubt for at least the Wallabies' first four matches of the Rugby Championship. 

Although Hunt has played mostly in the midfield, the Wallabies are low on playmakers and many assumed Cooper would return despite being overlooked last week in Cheika's extended squad. 

World experience adds to Cooper's arsenal

It wasn’t quite Quade 2.0 against the Springboks, rather an enhanced prototype of the mercurial flyhalf, with a dose of maturity mixed in.

In a good mindset after an injury-free season to this point, something that has been a rarity for Cooper in the past, the returned Wallabies playmaker said he had managed to add thin

“When I went away before that all I knew was the Reds,” he said.

“Not knowing anything else, not knowing any style of play, but also for me, while I was overseas understanding how I thought about my rugby, I was able to add things to my game.