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Quade Cooper quits Australian rugby: reports

Staff Writers, Yahoo!7 November 19, 2012, 7:13 pm

Reports surfaced on Monday afternoon that rugby playmaker Quade Cooper has quit Australian rugby union, which ends his roles in the Wallabies and Queensland Reds.

Rugby league reporter Danny Weidler broke the news on social media, but the claims have not been confirmed by Australian Rugby Union. It is believed Cooper has not yet told the ARU.

The news follows a revised contract offer from the ARU to Cooper on Monday morning. Instead of having his six-figure ARU contract boosted, Cooper was offered a humbling deal which would see him paid in an incentive-only basis.

Earlier this month Cooper was suspended for three matches and copped a hefty $40,000 fine, with an extra $20,000 suspended fine for his comments about the Wallabies, in which he described the feeling around the squad as a 'toxic environment'.

If Cooper has indeed quit rugby, speculation is now growing on where his next destination will be. Cooper could play rugby in another country, but rugby league is touted as another option.

Weidler suggested that Cooper may even take up boxing, following a similar path as fellow Kiwi-born rugby superstar Sonny Bill Williams.

Judging by his tweeting activity recently, boxing might not be such an outlandish suggestion.

Source: Twitter

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  1. Paul02:23pm Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Sack the idiots running Oz Rugby! They repeatedly make stupid decisions that undermine our ability to win. Cooper is a player you build a team around, not the other way round. His ability in this situation is proven, but consistently the Wallabies have hamstrung his play and his performance is off as a result. This is a great loss for Australia and the Reds, and the faceless men at the top should be taken outside and shot!

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  2. Sydney08:26am Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Another 2013 recruit for the ranks of the vermin at Parra! you heard it here first!

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  3. Peter Smith07:17am Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    any sport that takes him are stupid,he is a girl,cant handle pressure,is a criminal,and a bleater even his team mates dont like him

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  4. darren03:40am Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Rugby Union is for girls maybe his nuts have dropped and its time to play league

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  5. Nick01:50am Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Quade here,...this discussions turned really toxic,....now where'd I leave my crowbar?

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  6. Big Kev 13301:44am Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    No team needs a FIGJAM ( # I'm good just ask me ) like Quade and I think the Wallabies will be way better off without the distraction. SPIT the DUMMY bigtime didn't he. I like Berrick Barnes at 10 with Beale at the back (15 ) but Beale is doing a good enough job at 10 so it'll be interesting. I am a Kiwi but support the South over the Northern Teams and think that you're doing ok with what Deans has available. Campo is a legend but its not Deans fault when the Wallabies have a bad day. It will be interesting to see if they can smash the Itallians who can be difficult in Rome.

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  7. Frank12:53am Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Don't know much about him...may have been a good player. But with a name like that...I'd retire too!! Just saying it makes me feel like Elmer Fudd with one hell of a speech impediment!! Just quiding Quade!

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  8. peter12:28am Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Don't be surprised if he turns up in a red & white jumper some time soon!!!!

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  9. Hav112:02am Tuesday 20th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Good Riddance to this loser! What an arrogant self absorbed tool. Please go to boxing where you belong.

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  10. Barnaby11:53pm Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I am so happy he is gone. most over rated player ever to play in Australia. Moments of Brilliance followed by months of #$%$ Beale is looking a better choice.

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