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Speculation rife on Cooper's next club after dramatic Thorn dumping

By Ian Cameron
Quade Cooper with the Wallabies in 2017. (Photos/Getty Images)

Reports have emerged that Wallaby first five Quade Cooper has been told he is surplus to requirements at the Queensland Reds and speculation is now rife about which club will likely sign him.

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Reds coach Brad Thorn has allegedly told Cooper that he is no longer their first choice 10 and it is now speculated that Cooper will leave the club, most likely on a lucrative deal either in Japan or Europe.

Thorn revealed: ““I’ve had an honest conversation with Quade and where he currently sits in our plans.”

“He’s not training with the Reds at the moment and training with his club instead.”

The dumping of Cooper has sent shock waves through Australian rugby. The 29-year-old had a storied history with the club, earning 70 caps and steering them to a Super Rugby title.

Cooper had been linked with a move to Sale in the Aviva Premiership earlier in the year, where former teammate James O’Connor currently plays, although many expect him to chase a big salary in the Japanese Top League.

Thorn and Cooper had an on-field spat with Cooper when the controversial Wallaby bad boy famously kneed Richie McCaw in the face during the Rugby Championship back in 2011.

Cooper was named in the Reds squad earlier in the week, with just one other flyhalf named – Hamish Stewart. With Cooper also falling out of Wallabies reckoning in recent months, it is unlikely he will sign with one of the Australia other Super Rugby franchises, if indeed any would gamble on the divisive playmaker.

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On a lighter note, Cooper queried whether there was a rugby club in New York, to which former Wallaby teammate Matt Giteau responded.

https://twitter.com/giteau_rugby/status/933107694667382784

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William 2 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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