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Cooper gets a letter from ARU over tweets

Controversial pivot Quade Cooper.

Controversial pivot Quade Cooper. Photo: Getty Images

Who says nobody writes letters these days? The ARU is nothing if not traditional and has duly penned one to its misbehaving social media bandit Quade Cooper after his criticism of Robbie Deans and the 'toxic' Wallaby camp.

Cooper is due to speak tonight when he appears on Fox Sports' The Rugby Club and by that stage, will have found some mail in the letterbox from rugby powerbrokers addressing his various outbursts over the state of the game.

After a week of stubborn silence on the matter, the ARU put out a three-sentence statement this afternoon which simply read:

"Australian Rugby Union has written to Quade Cooper in relation to social media comments.

"However, ARU has no intention of conducting those discussions with Quade in the public arena.

"To that end, we will be making no further comment at this stage."

Cooper has also kept his head down this week amid suggestions he could walk away from the game and try his luck in rugby league. The Queensland Reds have been infuriated by those suggestions and insist he is going to be at Ballymore next season and beyond.

More will be revealed when he speaks tonight but the Reds have already suggested his issues with rugby aren't terminal, while Deans has said he would be welcomed back to the Wallabies fold after a minor knee operation.

11 comments

  • The Wallabies are bigger than any one Player however talanted. Cooper is starting to sound like a League player ,Act like a league player, and is showing Disloyalty to his team.
    Go away and play league-you will be soon forgotten

    Commenter
    Nic
    Location
    fremantle
    Date and time
    September 27, 2012, 4:40PM
    • Ditto
      Quade get a life you are not that good If you played like you winged youd probably be getting to be good

      Commenter
      dutch
      Location
      aratula
      Date and time
      September 27, 2012, 5:24PM
      • Ewan MacKenzie and Will Genia bring out the best in Quade. Robbie Deans suppresses the best. We can play it safe and stick with Deans. But a trio like MacKenzie, Genia and Quade only come along once in a generation.

        Commenter
        Frank MacGill
        Location
        Queensland
        Date and time
        September 27, 2012, 5:59PM
        • Disagree. The ARU needs a bloody good shake-up, both in administration and coaching. Deans has been a failure, his selection choices aren't great, his game plans are abysmal. Word has it that a few other players agree with Cooper, but don't have the guts to say so publicly.

          Commenter
          Paul D
          Location
          Brissie
          Date and time
          September 27, 2012, 6:01PM
          • It is an absurdity to say that Deans is a failure.

            Australia has never appointed a failure as national coach. This one is no exception So we don't beat NZ - guess what - nobody does atm. However we are the only team which even gets close.

            Commenter
            Peter
            Location
            West End
            Date and time
            September 27, 2012, 7:46PM
        • Quade can go back to league, as the Wallabies definitely don't need him and as far as being a good union player, then his time in a Reds jersey is where he'll be remembered. In a Wallaby jersey he's not going to be remembered for what he did on the field, but mostly off the field.
          He's definitely no role model for any youngsters wanting to play union.

          Commenter
          Oostie
          Location
          Brisbane
          Date and time
          September 27, 2012, 10:23PM
          • OMG. Can it be true? Is there a chance we will finally be rid of this clown? League? How can anyone who has to be hidden when defensive duties come up by major reshuffles of the back line, which only unbalance the whole thrust of the team's game, ever hope to make it in the 13 man game? Did you ever see a League No 6 who couldn't/wouldn't tackle?? QC is not, and never was, a team player. Everything he does on the field - and now off it - reeks of "look at me, me, me". For goodness sake. Let him go and let the Wallabies get on with it all.

            Commenter
            JapanBoy
            Date and time
            September 27, 2012, 11:32PM
            • Common behaviours & statements - Anthony Mundine, SBW & QC. Waydda know, they all have the same manager! The 'exit strategy' dummy spit. Farewell Quade, your hype far exceeds your deeds as a Wallaby.

              Commenter
              Force Boy
              Location
              Perth
              Date and time
              September 28, 2012, 12:50AM
              • Interesting. Heard some of his interview from last night replayed on the ABC NEWS, funnily enough I refuse to watch rubbish shows like the Rugby Club and The Footy Show. Listening to him, he is not someone I want making calls on my behalf. There are players out there that would kill for that jersey, can we ask a Dan Crowley for example what he would have done/given for the opportunity. I also think you will find that this guy had a major falling out with Tom Barker, his Churchie First XV coach, nice guy Tom, great coach, has the runs on the board. This guy is a long way from proving himself and shows great flare in unpressured attack situations, but when teh acid is applied, falls apart quickly and willingly. I have been saying this for years, not just of late. As for the ARU needing a shakeup, it goes deeper than the ARU. The whole sport of rugby is driven by wealth, power and agendas, not necessarily good for the game, and actually making the game a backwater sport. Lets face it, league has most of the talent sewn up long before rugby even has a look. I could expand greatly on that with more words, with evidence. Rugby operates in a vacuum of arrogance and is unable to shake itself away from these roots.

                Commenter
                Phantom
                Location
                Toowoomba
                Date and time
                September 28, 2012, 6:09AM
                • It's a funny thing but when Deans was assistant coach of the All Blacks player discontent with the coaches reached breaking point. What a coincidence. No wonder McCaw didnt want Deans as All Black coach even after Graham Henrey cocked up their 2007 world cup campaign.

                  Commenter
                  johnny-boy
                  Date and time
                  September 28, 2012, 8:27AM

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