All Blacks are beatable – Cooper

Date published: October 14 2014

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Recalled Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper has said the All Blacks are “beatable” if his team-mates can get their attitudes right.

Recalled Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper has said the All Blacks are “beatable” if his team-mates can get their attitudes right.

The Australian camp is going through one of its most difficult period since coach Ewen McKenzie took over the reins in 2013 but Cooper is confident they will return to the victory trail – after their 21-17 loss to Argentina in their previous match – in Brisbane on Saturday.

Cooper has recovered from a shoulder injury and will be on the Wallaby replacements bench when they host their trans-Tasman rivals.

The 26-year-old is confident his side could beat the world champions if they put the recent off-field distractions behind them.

“It’s an attitude thing; you’ve got to understand that they [New Zealand] are beatable,” said Cooper.

“They were beaten by a quality South African team last week, so they’re going to come out guns blazing, but at the same time, we know that if we can pull ourselves together, have the right attitude, turn up and play the game we know we can play, then everything goes back to square one.

“They will have lost two games in a row, it ends up being a squared series.

“It all comes back to the attitude. Every player’s got the skill set, you don’t lose that in one week, two weeks, in six months, but the attitude is something we can really pick up.

“And on the back of a tough loss, I know all the boys will bounce back and be ready for a big outing.”

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