Cooper: I won’t play for Wallabies

Quade Cooper has unequivocally announced that he would not want to play for the Wallabies even if he was fit.

The injured flyhalf has been in the news following his scathing attack on the Wallabies coaching staff and a team environment he described as toxic. On Thursday night, he reiterated his stance when he spoke live on Australian television.

‘I’m just striving to be the best that I can be and that’s why I said I didn’t want to be involved in that kind of environment,’ Cooper said. ‘For me to continue to improve as a player and as a person you want to be in the best possible environment and I feel that that environment is destroying me as a person and as a player, so that I can’t do the best that I can do to represent my country and my family and my friends, to the best of my ability.’

Cooper is currently unavailable because of injury, and is unlikely to recover in time for the Wallabies’ end-of-year tour. But even if he was fit, he claims that he wouldn’t want to be involved.

‘No, like I said, the environment there at the moment is one that I don’t feel comfortable in and if I don’t feel comfortable and if I don’t feel that I can give 100% for my country and that yellow jersey, that’s a very big problem,’ he said.