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Snub no big issue - Cooper

11th April 2013 09:28

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Quade Cooper Reds training 2012

Left out: Quade Cooper

Quade Cooper says he has no issues with Robbie Deans after his surprise omission from the Wallabies' 30-man camp ahead of this year's Lions series.

Cooper was left out of Deans' prospective squad for the three-Test home series in June but he has taken his non-selection on the chin.

The 38-Test playmaker played down his omission seven weeks before the official 25-man Wallabies Test squad is named.

"It's no big issue really because we have a big season ahead of us," Cooper told Australian Associated Press.

"People are going to look at players differently. It's not the first or the last time you're going to miss out on a side."

With Kurtley Beale currently suspended for off-field disciplinary issues, fellow Rebels star James O'Connor is the early favourite to be Australia's fly-half against the Lions.

Cooper was fined Aus$60,000 (US$63,100) and banned for three games last October for bringing the game into disrepute by criticising Deans.

The 25-year-old made headlines when he lashed out on social media at the "toxic" environment within the national squad and the defensive style of the coach.

The Reds star believes there are no lingering problems in his relationship with Deans, who will assemble his players for strategy meetings as well as promotional and administrative tasks.

"It's like just any other player-coach relationship," Cooper said.

"I've got to do what I can as a player and he has to do what he thinks best as the coach.

"I've got full respect and trust in what he's doing for the team and I'll continue to do what I can for the team I'm part of now, which is the Reds."