'Tahs hailed by Quade

Date published: February 19 2013

Reds fly-half Quade Cooper has praised the Waratahs ahead of their showdown, saying their new flamboyant style impresses him.

Reds fly-half Quade Cooper has paid the Waratahs a compliment ahead of the clash between the sides, saying their flamboyant style impresses him.

Back in 2009 the outspoken star called the 'Tahs “boring” – but following the recruitment of Israel Folau, he reckons they have changed their style.

“In their past they've been a very conservative side and now they're looking to open up a little bit more and show a more flamboyant style, and it's suiting the players that they have recruited,” he told AAP.

“Their pack is a great pack and now having good backs out wide bringing that balance is working for them.

“If a team only has a good forward pack it is very limited as to what it can do.

“Rather than concentrate on their forward pack you (as an opponent) have to start looking at their backs now as well.”

Rugby league convert Folau is set to play a major role in the new brand being played by the Waratahs, with fellow new signing, flank Michael Hooper, also a marquee signing for 2013.

Cooper believes the 'Tahs' recruitment and squad this season will create a classic clash.

“It's great for rugby,” he added.

“The more that teams play a positive mindset in games, it's going to be a whole lot better for the spectators and for the entertainment brand of rugby.”