Former Wallaby Quade Cooper has wasted no time waiting for the dust to settle after Michael Cheika’s resignation, having a crack at the outgoing coach on Twitter.
Responding to a tweet reporting the news of Cheika’s departure, Cooper said “If he actually cared about Aus rugby he would have done it a while ago.”
If he actually cared about Aus rugby he would have done it a while ago..
— Quade Cooper (@QuadeCooper) October 20, 2019
Cooper, who made 70 appearances for the Wallabies between 2008 and 2017, is one of the most hotly debated players in Australia.
His move from the Queensland Reds – where he was dropped for the 2018 season by coach Brad Thorn – to the Melbourne Rebels led to speculation he could work his way back into the national team.
However, he was left out of the squad going to Japan, with Cheika preferring Christian Lealiifano at No.10 for the majority of the tournament.
Cheika announced on Sunday that he would step down from his position as Wallabies coach, following a 16-40 loss to England in the quarter-finals.
“I got asked the question in the press conference, you would’ve been there and listening, about what’s going to happen going forward and at the time I wasn’t keen to answer but I always knew the answer in my head, I just wanted to speak to my wife and tell a few people up there about it,” said Cheika on Sunday.
“I put my chips in earlier in the year I told people no win, no play.
“So, I’m the type of man who always going to back what he says and I knew from the final whistle but I just wanted to give it that little bit time to cool down, talk to my people and then make it clear.”