Cooper lashed for outbursts

Quade Cooper received a hefty fine and a three-match ban following his disciplinary hearing with the ARU on Wednesday.

Cooper was fined A$60 000 (about R538 000) and suspended for three games for bringing the game into disrepute after criticising the Wallabies and head coach Robbie Deans.

It was decided that A$20 000 (about R179 000) of the fine and the ban would be suspended on the proviso that the player be of good behaviour for the next two years. This means Cooper will be available for selection once he recovers from his knee injury.

Cooper described the Wallabies environment as ‘toxic’ on social platform Twitter, where he has over 600 000 followers. He also criticised the Australian national team on a television programme a week later, saying he did not want to be involved with the Wallabies under the current regime because it was ‘destroying’ him as a player and a person.

‘It was a very fair hearing and I was very happy with the outcome,’ Cooper told reporters. ‘Obviously, the sentence that has been handed to me, I have full respect for that and I understand that I fell well below par in what it means to be a Wallaby … my apologies.

‘From now on, I’m just looking forward to the future – hopefully having a big year, with not only my state but the Wallabies.’