SYDNEY: – Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper Friday recommitted to Australian rugby for another year in a deal that will take him through until the end of 2015.
The playmaker, who was fined a record Aus$60,000 (US$49,000) in 2012 for describing the Wallabies regime under then-coach Robbie Deans as “toxic”, said he was keen to add to his 53 caps.
“I love being at the (Queensland) Reds and playing rugby for Australia, and am looking forward to the opportunities next year,” he said.
The signing is a major coup ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup in Britain with fellow bad boy Kurtley Beale also reportedly close to a new deal.
“It’s on the way, we’re very close to getting that deal done now,” Australia coach Michael Cheika told the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Beale was fined Aus$48,000 earlier this year for sending an offensive text message to then-Wallabies business manager Di Patston, and for being rude and disrespectful to team management