Anyone care to make a prediction, or predictions, about the rugby future of Quade Cooper?
Is he in line for additional snubbings, or will he experience a resurgence of fortune?
Difficult to say for certain.
Wallabies Coach Michael Cheika, who used to be in Copper’s camp, lured Cooper back to Australia from France, and then proceeded to omit Cooper from the national squad all season, despite Copper having some good touches in the June internationals against Fiji and several European squads.
Cooper was recently dismissed by his Super Rugby team, the Queensland Reds, perhaps in a move by new Coach Brad Thorn to show who is in charge, despite Cooper having two years left on his contract and 70 Tests to his credit.
An expert opinion, albeit a far from definitive one, came from World Cup winner David Campese, who made 101 appearances for Australia.
I think he’s (Cooper) good for the game,” Campese told foxsports.com.au.It will be frustrating, him going, because when he’s playing well people love him.When he plays poorly people hate him, but I think he’s got a lot of good attributes.He knows the way the game should be played.
“It’s a shame that one of the other provinces haven’t picked him.”
That last bit might hold a clue. As Super Rugby struggles to gain traction and build a fan base, what objective is served by snubbing a player who has legions of adoring fans combined with legions of loathing detractors?
Cooper does tend to polarise the populace and some of that populace can drift from pole to pole as the situation dictates.
Cooper is back in Brisbane. He spent the summer training with All Blacks star player Sonny Boy Williams in New Zealand, although of what training actually consists for two of the game’s more mercurial players could be a topic rife for speculation.
Campese’s conclusion is that rugby coaches do not like Cooper’s free spirit.
“Coaches hate flair because they can’t control flair, they can’t control it because you have no idea what he’s going to do when he gets out there,” Campese said.