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Quade Cooper breaks silence on 'full house booing' after 'likely' final Test in NZ

By Finn Morton
‘Full house booing’: Quade Cooper ‘thanks’ fans after 'most likely' last Test in NZ

With just over eight minutes to play at Forsyth Barr Stadium last weekend, Test veteran Quade Cooper placed his yellow kicking tee on the turf ahead of a crucial penalty attempt at goal.


The Wallabies, much to the surprise of practically everyone in attendance, only trailed the heavily favoured All Blacks by three points with the full-time siren rapidly approaching.

Cooper, who was born in New Zealand, had a chance to tie the game at 20 points all. This was his moment to silence any and all naysayers from practically halfway.

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The Dunedin crowd burst out into a chorus of boos as Cooper stood over the ball and began to visualise the upcoming shot at goal. This wasn’t the first time that he had been booed, either.

Cooper became public enemy No. 1 in New Zealand after a series of run-ins with former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in 2011. But, after more than a decade, some Kiwis refuse to move on.

But while the booing was disrespectful – it was practically deafening – it also set the tone for what would certainly be a pivotal moment in a thrilling Test.

The Wallabies needed these three points, and so did Cooper.

Cooper approached the ball and struck it well enough, with the attempt sailing just above the crossbar. The Wallabies fans in attendance went berserk.


At that moment, Cooper was the hero. The flyhalf was the Wallaby that New Zealanders loved to hate, but Cooper had thrived under the pressure.

While the All Blacks went on to win the Test 23-20, Cooper’s nerves of steel was a talking point – although, it was overshadowed by the booing.

Having played what will “most likely” be his final Test match against the All Blacks in New Zealand, Cooper had silenced some doubters.

Ahead of the Wallabies’ Rugby World Cup squad announcement on Thursday, Cooper has issued a message of “thanks” to rugby fans across the ditch.


“That was most likely the last game I’ve played against the ABs in NZ,” Cooper wrote on social media.

“These are the moments I’ll miss the most: taking a host to tie the game with a full house booing, running out with your teammates against the best, knowing the challenge that awaits is just moments away.


“It just doesn’t get much better than competing at the highest level. The preparation, the physical toll, and the emotional journey can be brutal, but we continue to get up and want more.

“I stayed out on the field for about 20 minutes post-game, just thinking about my journey and how lucky I was to be one of the few standing out there, while looking into the stands where thousands had gathered.

“Understanding that I too stood there or watched on TV with a dream of being on the other side of the fence one day.

“So, to the kids with dreams, continue to chase them even when they seem out of reach. And to the fans, whether yelling, cheering, or booing, whatever it is, thanks for always creating that atmosphere.”


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rod 339 days ago

As a kiwi yes I can’t believe the booing of QC in Dunedin although us in the North Island probably don’t give a s**t. But the South Island have memories like Elephants! Just get over it

Sam 341 days ago

I wonder if people overseas realise just how much New Zealanders actually like Quade Cooper.

He will be popular anywhere he goes in New Zealand after he retires.

Chris 341 days ago


Warner 341 days ago

he's got more to be concerned about than booing and who cares if he's booed , ABS get booed every haka every game .
He should concentrate on his defence and attack.
Over rated .

Andy 341 days ago

As a journalist you need to practice what you preach Finn. Like all us kiwis you have suggested need to move on regarding Quade Cooper, you also need to do the same regarding never ending rubbish about the whole saga

Manu 341 days ago

Espousing to be an lnternational rugby player in NZ and completely losing the plot by playing for Australia and then worse - showing no respect to probably our greatest captain will forever be his legacy. His lack of contrition at the time only made it worse and dropping the ball to then shirtly after see Mounga's penalty sail over to lose is all on him

Jon 341 days ago

Well said Quade.

I still suspect the youth of Gordon is going to have less butterflies when it comes to closing a tight game out though. Really think Coopers experience is best used setting a template for the team as well.

Aaron 342 days ago

Are you really not going to mention right after that kick he dropped the ball that gave the game to the all Black's? 😂

jeremy 342 days ago

he's our favourite enemy. he's our annoying brother and still want him to play well , and win against everyone except us.
The main reason for the boos was the fact they couldn't find the tee.

Forward pass 342 days ago

Finn this, like a lot of your articles, is mostly lacking in facts. The booing was because of the simple fact that there was no kicking tee to be found. You seriousely need to improve your story telling to include the truth in it.

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