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Quade Cooper

Tokoroa, Australia


200 px|Cooper during 2011 World Cup
Quade S. Cooper (born 5 April 1988) is a New Zealand born Australian rugby union player. He currently plays for the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition and for Australia. His usual position is Fly-half.

Cooper was born in Auckland, New Zealand but moved with his family to Tokoroa at a young age. He attended Forest View High School,

before moving to Brisbane, Australia as a 13-year-old in 2001.



In Brisbane, Cooper attended Springwood State High School before winning a scholarship to Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie), where he starred for the 1st XV rugby team in 2005 and 2006. Churchie shared the GPS Premiership with Brisbane State High School in 2005.

Cooper was selected for the Australian Schoolboys in both 2005 and 2006. He played Fly-half and won nine schoolboy caps, which was the equal record at that time.

Cooper joined the ARU-funded high performance program with the National Talent Squad, and signed with the Queensland Reds for the 2007 season.

He scored his first try in Super Rugby on 3 March 2007, when he was given the role as starting five-eighth to play the Lions at Suncorp Stadium.

2008 saw the Reds win 40�8 in a huge upset against the Bulls in Cooper's first start of the 2008 season. In November 2008 Cooper make his international debut against Italy, coming off the bench to scoring the winning try in a 30�20 win.

As a mark of Cooper's progress, he was awarded the 2010 Super 14 Player of the Year Award. In 2011 he signed with player agent Khoder Nasser.

In mid 2012, during his injury/recovery period, Cooper confirmed he had signed a three-year deal to stay with the Reds through to 2015. Cooper's return from the extensive ACL-injury he suffered in the 2011 World Cup came in Round 13 of the 2012 Super Rugby season.

In Week 18 of the Super Rugby season, Cooper was yellow-carded and placed on report for a high-tackle on Wallbies and former Reds teammate, Berrick Barnes, Cooper was later given a one-week suspension, meaning he would miss the elimination-final against the Sharks, the Reds went on to lose the match 30�17.

In November 2012, Cooper announced he would box on the undercard of friend Sonny Bill Williams's bout on 8 February 2013. He will fight as a cruiserweight against Muay Thai veteran Barry Dunnett.

In December 2012, Cooper agreed to a two-year contract extension with the ARU, allowing him to begin his three-year deal with the Reds beginning in 2013.

Cooper's impressive form showed no sign of abating and he was named in the Wallabies 30-man squad for the 2011 World Cup. However, once in the tournament, Cooper failed to find the level of form previously showcased for the Reds and during the Tri-Nations. With the New Zealand public on his back, Cooper struggled in their semi-final against the All Blacks nudging the kick-off straight into touch.

However, in the bronze final against Wales, Cooper showed early signs of being back to his mercurial best playing at a quick tempo and showcasing his range of skills. But midway through the first-half, he was struck down by a knee injury which brought an abrupt end to his game. In the post-match press conference, Robbie Deans confirmed that he believed the injury to have been related to Cooper's anterior cruciate ligament.

Cooper grew up playing rugby league with Shaun Kenny-Dowall and even came close to joining the NRL's Melbourne Storm in 2008. In August 2010 Cooper was rumoured to be considering a switch to rugby league and playing for the Parramatta Eels in the 2011 NRL season. This would have meant Cooper sacrificing his Wallabies' position. A figure of $850,000 was speculated, and Parramatta reportedly offered Cooper $1.5 million over three years. The issue was resolved in September when Cooper signed a one-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union. He said, even though he found the Parramatta offer flattering, he still saw his future in rugby union. For 2011 he wanted to continue with the Reds, and hoped to continue with the Wallabies and represent Australia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Cooper formerly dated Australian Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice after she attended the 2010 John Eales Award Ceremony with him.

Cooper is the cousin of Scotland International player Sean Maitland.

In December 2009 Cooper was charged by police with burglary after allegedly taking two laptops from a residence on the Gold Coast. The charges were withdrawn after "completion of a justice mediation process with the complainants".

In August 2011, Cooper was accused of deliberately kneeing Richie McCaw in the face at the 2011 Tri Nations test, but at the subsequent SANZAR judicial hearing in Brisbane the charge was dismissed.

In September, Cooper tweeted infamous comments regarding his thoughts on the Wallabies set-up, which included criticising the defensive style-of-play and lack of player input under coach Robbie Deans, inadequate training and recovery facilities, and a "toxic environment". He also claimed he could not and would not in future play for the Wallabies under those conditions. As a result of his public outburst, Cooper was fined a record $60,000 (of which $20,000 was a 2-year suspended sentence) and given a suspended three match Wallabies ban. It was thought that the ongoing saga would lead to Cooper abandoning Australian rugby, however, he ended up recommitting to the Reds and ARU.

Professional boxing

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Category:1988 births
Category:Living people
Category:Australian rugby union players
Category:Australia international rugby union players
Category:Rugby union fly-halves
Category:New Zealand emigrants to Australia
Category:People from Tokoroa
Category:New Zealand Māori sportspeople
Category:Reds rugby union players
Category:Australian boxers

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