Fly-half Quade Cooper has backed Karmichael Hunt to make the Wallaby squad for the RWC, saying he will be a “great asset” to Australia.
Reds number ten Quade Cooper has backed Karmichael Hunt to make the Wallaby squad for the RWC, saying he will be a “great asset” to Australia.
The former Brisbane Broncos and Biarritz player will join Cooper at the Queensland franchise in 2015, and his new team-mate believes Hunt will shine and play his way into the World Cup squad.
“Yeah, I'd say he would (make the World Cup in England),” fly-half Cooper told foxsports.com.au.
“The thing with Karmichael is he will be a great asset for Australian Rugby Union and he will want to make the World Cup. He's such a competitive guy. he will do all he can to be a success and then put himself in the frame for the Wallabies.
“That's the ultimate goal in rugby union – the World Cup. I can't wait to pick his brain. I have only met him at promotional things but everyone who has come in contact with him speaks so highly of him.
“The biggest thing for me is that he brings so much experience. He's played rugby league at the highest level. He's gone to France to experience a different culture and won a Heineken Cup. Then he's had four years in the AFL. Mentally, he must be so strong.
Cooper added that another of the Reds' key off-season signings, James O'Connor, who has been impressive for Toulon in recent weeks, is a massive coup for the Super Rugby season.
“For James, I think it just makes sense for him to come here. His family is on the Gold Coast, so the Reds make sense,” he added.
“We are all excited about him coming here … to add a guy of his ability to this team will make a huge difference.”