Cooper wants rugby to do talking

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    Rather than call Robbie Deans, outspoken playmaker Quade Cooper wants to improve the odds of a Wallabies recall by letting his rugby do the talking.

    Cooper is back in the national team mix, ending six months of strained negotiations with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) by signing a two-year deal, reportedly worth $800,000 a season.

    Sealing an ARU deal was difficult, especially with Cooper preparing for a February 8 professional boxing debut and receiving a French rugby offer that would have made him one of the world’s highest-paid players.

    The Queensland playmaker’s days under Deans appeared numbered when he described the Wallabies’ culture as “toxic”, resulting in a $40,000 fine and a downgraded ARU offer that was later renegotiated.

    However, Cooper said regaining top form – not offering an olive branch to Deans – was his priority.

    Asked how he could improve relations with Deans, Cooper said: “It is not something I have to go out and improve.

    “I have a job to do. His job is to coach and get the best out of the team.

    “Hopefully, the better I play for Queensland, the more opportunities I get there (Wallabies).”

    Asked if he would like to play under Deans again, Cooper said: “Of course – he’s the coach.

    “If I get the opportunity to play for Australia again, we will go about it like any other player and coach.”

    Cooper did not believe his hefty fine would place him at the back of the queue.

    “It’s a fine. The performance is what matters – that beats everything else,” he said.

    The five-eighth committed to a new three-year deal with the Reds in June but that was dependent on signing with the ARU.

    Talks with the ARU were on the brink of collapse late last month when he was offered a new incentive-based deal.

    But Cooper said he never seriously contemplated walking away from Australian rugby after seeing the Reds’ hierarchy fight hard to renegotiate his ARU deal.

    “I look forward to playing my best on the paddock and show them (Reds) how much their support means to me,” he said.

    He also looked forward to combining one day for the Wallabies with new NSW Waratahs signing, the sport-hopping Israel Folau.

    “To have a player of his stature in rugby union is only good for the game. I am sure he will go well,” he said.

    “And I think his aerial skills will be superior to most rugby players at the moment.”

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    • December 8th 2012 @ 8:54am
      Ra said | December 8th 2012 @ 8:54am | ! Report

      And that is all we expect from any professional.

      • December 8th 2012 @ 12:04pm
        Hightackle said | December 8th 2012 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

        Cooper wants twiitter to do the talking.

    • December 8th 2012 @ 9:04am
      bennalong said | December 8th 2012 @ 9:04am | ! Report

      Without knowing the deal, it’s hard to know if Quade has learnt anything.

      If he isn’t man enough to call the coach he bagged, the coach who has kept the door open, then I suspect he’ll repeat the same mistakes again to prove he was right in the first place.

      I hope the impression given in the piece is wrong.

      He seems to think its only about the rugby on the paddock.

      How he conducts himself off the field, and as part of the team is going to be critical

      • December 8th 2012 @ 9:50am
        WQ said | December 8th 2012 @ 9:50am | ! Report

        You are on the money here beenalong, Cooper has learned nothing and I imagine it will not be long and he will repeat his previous behaviour!

      • December 8th 2012 @ 10:23am
        Chivas said | December 8th 2012 @ 10:23am | ! Report

        I’m not sure. He has already spoken with Robbie since the incident. It’s difficult to know at this early stage whether he has grown up or not. If not I guess the ARU has just blown a few dollars.

        But I am impressed at the professionalism and integrity of the ARU and Deans through all this saga.

        A bridge too far? I think the jury is still out.

      • December 8th 2012 @ 11:03am
        Blue Blood said | December 8th 2012 @ 11:03am | ! Report

        I agree. If the ARU caved and went back to their original top up offer, with no incentive base, then where is his motivation? They have rewarded his attitude and actions. Being a Wallaby is more than being a good Reds player.

        In a way I also think Cooper has caved in. His biggest gripe he repeatativy raised was the lack of permanent training facilities for the Wallabies; an interesting gripe when it is a touring program and they have the choice of any if the super training facilities to use. They elect to use the Tahs facilities I’m sure largely as it is a 15minute drive home for Deans but that’s just speculation. But to date I don’t think this has been rectified.

        So besides Deans and Cooper saying they are happy to work together as player and coach what has really changed? Have the strength of your convictions Cooper. But don’t cause a storm on your soap box, then back peddle through the Reds management spokesmen, give an apology after coping a fine (paid out of your Wallaby inflated pay cheque) and then eventually sign back on because the money came good. What a great man filled with integrity? But him playing for the Reds is good. If they can manage him and get their pins of flesh then great. And if he has the form to warrant being called back into the Wallabies I hope he does so humbly and appreciates what he nearly lost due to his own actions and ungracious attitude.

        But if this is the last article on this matter we hear and the last press conference we get from Cooper in the next 6 months that will be a win. There are so many worthy rugby players in this country doing great things, being great club and community men and doing it all without bringing down the national team who I’d love to hear about. The big winner in all this has been the media. Well back to work crew and go find some new news.

    • December 8th 2012 @ 10:54am
      harryonthecoast said | December 8th 2012 @ 10:54am | ! Report

      Let’s hope he will only be a blockhead this time around.

    • December 8th 2012 @ 11:07am
      bigbaz said | December 8th 2012 @ 11:07am | ! Report

      We’re lucky to have QC. The Roar would be about 3,000 blogs worse off without him.

      • December 8th 2012 @ 11:31am
        Ra said | December 8th 2012 @ 11:31am | ! Report

        yeah but those blogs were from a small handful of losers who can’t stand to see their national side win. So that’s about 3000 loser statements we dont need to waste good constructive debate over, so The Roar is better off without him – yeah ????

        • December 8th 2012 @ 11:36am
          Ra said | December 8th 2012 @ 11:36am | ! Report

          but the team could be better off with him, so he should just let his game do the talking cause he’s good at that job, and he does it better when his foot’s not stuck in his mouth

    • December 8th 2012 @ 11:24am
      bennalong said | December 8th 2012 @ 11:24am | ! Report

      Is the blog bigger than the game? (ha, ha !)

    • December 8th 2012 @ 11:42am
      expatmatt said | December 8th 2012 @ 11:42am | ! Report

      leopards and thier spots-seriouslly this muppet is overrated, just a shame ARU didnt have the cohjons to ditch him

      • December 8th 2012 @ 2:01pm
        Hightackle said | December 8th 2012 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

        Has he ever really stood up and played well for Aust under pressure? Not often.
        He plays poorly for Aust and sulks by posting harmful remarkes on twitter and attacking the Wallies on tv. “Its their fault Im playing poorly”.
        No Quade, its your fault you kicked the ball out on the full, duffed the kick off, cant tackle and keep missing touch.
        The issues I have with Cooper is that he devides, he is inconsistent, he blames others for his faults and is obviously not a team player. Will he change? Well dont you have to admit fault for that to happen? I am pretty sure he wont do that.
        Besides I would have dropped him anyway due to poor form.
        Should have sat back and enjoyed him getting the snot beaten out of him in the boxing ring.

        • December 8th 2012 @ 5:40pm
          Post said | December 8th 2012 @ 5:40pm | ! Report

          Your premise is simply incorrect, the Wallabies win more with Quade than without him. Your dislike for him personally doesn’t change that.

          • December 8th 2012 @ 5:47pm
            TJ said | December 8th 2012 @ 5:47pm | ! Report

            not against the best side in the world in new zealand. here he plays like a school boy. thats what counts!

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              December 8th 2012 @ 6:00pm
              PeterK said | December 8th 2012 @ 6:00pm | ! Report

              the Wallabies have won more with QC against AB’s than without him since his debut at test level.

              • December 8th 2012 @ 6:46pm
                TJ said | December 8th 2012 @ 6:46pm | ! Report

                he is the worst no 10 we’ve had in the professional era. an international joke. i say jog on quade.

            • December 8th 2012 @ 6:18pm
              Justin2 said | December 8th 2012 @ 6:18pm | ! Report


              Seriously the people who continue to deride Cooper due to his awful efforts in the WC “finals” need to get real.

              Can you al name the players who stood up in those matches?

              Nah its all QCs fault… next.

              • December 8th 2012 @ 6:30pm
                Chivas said | December 8th 2012 @ 6:30pm | ! Report

                You are 100% right nobody else stood up, but he stood out for some awful mistakes. Would they have won had it been someone else, NO so in that you are right.

                But on another note he allso has holes in his game which can be exposed at first five. Moving QC in and out on defence can cause confusion and teams will learn to exploit it.

                The frustrating thig for mine is the equally often repeated stat that Wallabies win best with QC. On that premise Ricky Ponting should sill be playing I think everyone needs to ake a beath and see if he can put it on the field.

                All this talk is just hot air. Love him or hate him really doesn’t matter. He has potential, but he is still a long way from fulfilling it. I hear people compare him to Carlos Spencer all the time. That is also an absolute crock. QC would struggle to be as good as Carlos when Carlos was playing colts. He could kick, pass, tackle, run in heavy traffic and weave magic. If aybody has ever had the pivilege to watch Carlos live, they’d realise why he was held in such high esteem round the world.

                QC is not in that class and to tout im a a world class player at this stage of his career is also a stretch… IMO. But he may get there… still a good ways to go in my humble opinion.

              • December 8th 2012 @ 7:40pm
                Hightackle said | December 8th 2012 @ 7:40pm | ! Report

                Who said it was Quades fault?
                He played crap. Does that not count if others did too?

              • December 8th 2012 @ 7:44pm
                Hightackle said | December 8th 2012 @ 7:44pm | ! Report

                Quade very rarely plays well at international level.
                Is that wrong?
                Dont try and pass this off as hate. Argue the facts. Hes been dropped, had the place kicking taken from him, played rubbish more times than I can count. His defence is so bad they hide him away from the play. Who else does that?
                His WC was horrible.
                Yet this is just hate? No its called honest evaluation, you guys should try it.

              • December 9th 2012 @ 5:13am
                Justin2 said | December 9th 2012 @ 5:13am | ! Report

                Yes he has been such an ordinary 10 since he debuted they just kept picking him. I recall all the media baying for his blood constantly because he was so poor so often!

                Your admitted dislike of cooper clouds your memory me thinks…

          • December 8th 2012 @ 7:36pm
            Hightackle said | December 8th 2012 @ 7:36pm | ! Report

            The Wallabies win more with Quade?
            Really, where did you get that “fact” from?
            I pretty sure Aust does just fine without Quade. My personal dislike for Quade doesnt make me think he didnt play well against NZ or SA this year or played rubbish in the WC. Thats a fact no matter how your skewed view is clouded by your like for Quade. He has really underperformed at test level.
            It is not a fact that Aust wins more with him than without him. Thats simply not true. Are you gonna tell me Quade has often played well for Aust when it mattered?
            Aust won 6 in a row against Wales without him, drew with NZ without him, beat SA without him

            • December 8th 2012 @ 7:47pm
              Hightackle said | December 8th 2012 @ 7:47pm | ! Report

              Sorry I think when Aust won against SA cooper was there…playing rubbish AGAIN.

            • December 8th 2012 @ 8:28pm
              Hightackle said | December 8th 2012 @ 8:28pm | ! Report

              The Aust team does not win more becuz of Quade. They may have won more with him in the team but thats not as a result of him being in the team.
              Why does this stat not work? In 2010, 2011 & 2012 NZ lost more with McCaw and Carter in the team. Perhaps they should drop them if your stat means something.
              Its a nothing stat.
              What counts is how they play and Cooper has been ordinary in the majority of internationals since 2010.

            • December 9th 2012 @ 5:10am
              Justin2 said | December 9th 2012 @ 5:10am | ! Report

              Tackle – brilliant stuff. Do some research and then come back and argue he facts.

              You couldn’t make it up, seriously 🙂 🙂

              • December 9th 2012 @ 11:00am
                Sage said | December 9th 2012 @ 11:00am | ! Report

                You’re a patient man J2

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