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Cooper eager for Wallaby chance

11th July 2013 15:48


Quade Cooper Reds v British and Irish Lions 2013

Fresh start: Quade Cooper

Quade Cooper wants to wear the Wallaby shirt once again now that Ewen McKenzie has replaced Robbie Deans.

Cooper's relationship with the Australian national team has been very complicated in recent times. After criticizing the team's environment as being "toxic", the fly-half was never recalled by Deans for the British and Irish Lions series.

But the Reds playmaker refuses to criticize the now ex-Wallaby coach.

"I know that is something a lot of people are going to ask but I am not going to get into (to criticising Deans)," said Cooper.

"Of course I found it really hard to watch the Tests against the Lions. Playing Test rugby for Australia is the pinnacle of the game and that is what I wake up every morning wanting to work towards.

"Not getting the chance to do that, not being part of the squad... it hurts. But I am not going to dwell on it.

"I have no hard feelings towards Robbie Deans. I am not going to get caught up in that. I have never been one to dwell on the past. The past is the past and that's where I want to leave it."

With the former Reds coach now at the helm of the national team, Cooper's chances to get back in the squad have multiplied - and the part-time boxer is eager to make a comeback.

"Obviously I'd love the chance to play for the Wallabies and play under Ewen. He has done so much for me and my career -- I do feel like I owe him and I'd love the chance to repay the faith he has always shown in me," added Cooper.

"You know you are going to get a fair go playing under Ewen."

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