Wallaby attack coach backs Cooper

10th Aug 2013, 12:59

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Polarising: Quade Cooper

Polarising: Quade Cooper

Having worked with him on many occasions with the Reds, new Australia attack coach Jim McKay is a big fan of Quade Cooper.

Having worked with him on many occasions with the Reds, new Australia attack coach Jim McKay is a big fan of Quade Cooper.

Describing working with the talented fly-half as a privilege, Cooper is back in the national fold after calling the previous setup under Robbie Deans "toxic."

With former Reds boss Ewen McKenzie now at the helm for Australia, Cooper is back in contention for the Wallaby number ten shirt - something he is backed to win back by McKay.

Speaking ahead of The Rugby Championship, McKay believes that Cooper has learned some tough lessons over the last few months and emerged the better for it.

''It's been a privilege to work with Quade,'' said McKay to the Sydney Morning Herald.

''As far as a coach goes he makes things happen, he is innovative.

''If you want to be a key playmaker it's going to polarise people one way or the other. I back Quade because I know what he can do.

''Whatever you say about Quade, I know he works really hard at his game and I think he's in a good place at the moment.

"In a sense he's learned some lessons as well.''