Cooper to quit Wallabies?
24 Sep 2012
Quade Cooper’s relationship with Wallabies coach Robbie Deans and the ARU has deteriorated to the point where he may quit international rugby.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Cooper is contracted to the Reds for another three seasons, but the Australian Rugby Union component of that contract is yet to be finalised.
Cooper has expressed his frustrations with what he described as a ‘toxic Wallabies environment’ on social network site Twitter, and it is believed that his relationship with Deans has hit rock bottom.
Sources told the newspaper that Cooper will walk away from the Wallabies at the end of the season. Considering Cooper’s current injury is likely to rule him out of the remaining 2012 Tests, the flyhalf may have played his final international for Australia.
Cooper is expected to take up a lucrative deal with a big French club, or could revert to rugby league. There is a strong chance that he will join good friend Sonny Bill Williams at the Sydney Roosters from next season.
The Reds expect Cooper to be available for the 2013 Super Rugby competition, but have told reporters that there are existing problems between the player, Deans, and the ARU that are yet to be resolved.