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Cooper to remain in the cold?

10th April 2013 08:30


According to reports on Wednesday, it seems Quade Cooper won't be named in Wallaby head coach Robbie Deans' squad that will gather this weekend.

The group, which is yet to be announced, will meet for a two-day camp in Sydney on Sunday and it appears that the pivot hasn't been invited.

Cooper, 24, was involved in a public spat with Deans last year when he called the international environment 'toxic' and has since not featured.

AAP are reporting that it is likely Rebel James O'Connor is likely to fill the spot at ten as Kurtley Beale also remains absent due to other issues.

One player rewarded for strong form is Christian Lealiifano as Deans and Australia look to build a winning squad ahead of the Lions tour in June.