The former Wallaby prop will lead Queensland for the next two seasons and has made no secret of his desire to ensure Cooper is part of his squad.
The Wallabies should be the chief weapon for the ARU when it comes to broadening the game outside the capital cities, something Queensland's league team has down to a fine art.
Eddie Jones has still never lost a Test at Suncorp Stadium. This time it was a famous one for the old enemy.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says officials got it wrong in failing to award a try to Bernard Foley but has refused to blame the lop-sided penalty count for Australia's loss to England in a thumping start to the Test series in Brisbane.
Wallaby great Daniel Herbert says Michael Cheika hasn't taken a gamble with rookie centre Samu Kerevi, tipping the Reds wrecking ball to have a golden career in the Wallaby jumper.
The former Wallabies five-eighth will be the next man on the plane home as Cheika continues to be the Pied Piper for overseas-based players.
The ageless one, George Smith, has officially been unveiled by the Queensland Reds, with the Wallaby signing on the dotted line at Ballymore for the 2017 and 2018 Super Rugby seasons.
Samu Kerevi will make his Wallaby debut alongside lifelong friend Tevita Kuridrani as the Fijian pair link up for the Wallabies as they try to blow England out of the water at Suncorp Stadium.
The legendary coach says Israel Folau, Karmichael Hunt and Ben Te'o can credit much of their success in union to the eductation they were given at Red Hill.
Greg Holmes stands to beat Sekope Kepu to a starting spot against England and won't be relinquishing his jumper without a fight.