'Beautiful, Quade Cooper' - legends heap Twitter love on Aussie fly half
The last 48 hours have produced plenty of talk about sporting fairy-tales.
We started with the one about the 18-year-old girl who packed her bag and headed off to New York seeking fame, fortune and the US Open.
Of course that had a particularly unlikely twist – since she had to win three more matches than anyone else – and who could possibly believe a plot line that saw her simply obliterate all-comers without dropping a set?
Hot on the heels of the Emma Raducanu fable came one which possibly stretched credulity even further.
Sky Sports News described the 33-year-old’s recall as “a major surprise” before adding “the mercurial play-making talent returns to the test arena for the first time in four years.”
Cooper proceeded to kick eight goals – a 100 per cent return – including a match-clincher which split the uprights after the full-time hooter had sounded.
Throw in a colourful back story which sees the New Zealand-born no.10 denied Aussie citizenship on no fewer than four occasions despite having appeared over 70 times in green-and-gold and lived in his adoptive country since the age of 13, and you have the makings of a future Steven Spielberg blockbuster.
And to top things off, Cooper’s brilliant display has since received praise from plenty of rugby union royalty, starting with perhaps the most famous goal-kicker of them all for whom one word and a tag said it all.
— Jonny Wilkinson (@JonnyWilkinson) September 12, 2021
Growing up in Australia, this man may have been more of an idol for Quade than Jonny Wilkinson
What a test.. @wallabies
Welcome back @QuadeCooper .. ?? fairytale stuff
— Matt Giteau ?? (@giteau_rugby) September 12, 2021
Recent Wallaby teammates certainly liked what they saw…
— Kurtley Beale (@kurtley_beale) September 12, 2021
Even his current rivals had to pay their respects
— Aaron Smith (@Te_Nug) September 12, 2021
From one legend to another…
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) September 12, 2021
While another former Wallaby great decided he would like this particular fairy-tale to have a different kind of happy ending.
Surely that kick gets @QuadeCooper his Australian citizenship??!!
— Drew Mitchell (@drew_mitchell) September 12, 2021
The sequel follows shortly…
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