Cooper extends with Reds and Australian Rugby

Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper has re-signed with the Australian Rugby Union and the Queensland Super Rugby franchise the Reds for another year.

Twenty-six-year-old Cooper’s new deal will keep him playing Super Rugby for the Reds and committed to the Wallabies until the end of 2015.

Cooper had a difficult year in 2014 due to injury and struggled to regain his past form but managed to improve his game in the Wallabies Spring Tour added to his 53 Test caps.

“I really enjoyed the Spring Tour, even though some of the results weren’t what we wanted. We’re working hard to improve and I’m confident we’ve got a great group of players going into 2015,” Cooper said.

“I love being at the Reds and playing Rugby for Australia, and am looking forward to the opportunities next year.”

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika congratulated Cooper on his new deal.

“I’ve really enjoyed coaching Quade on the Spring Tour. He brings a lot to the team on and off the field,” Cheika said.

“He’s clearly a quality player and has proven himself at a state and national level for many seasons.

“From watching him play in Super Rugby, and during recent weeks, it’s clear he has a lot to offer and I’m glad he’s chosen to continue his future with Australian Rugby.”

Cooper bounced back from a shoulder injury earlier this year to reclaim his place in the Wallabies side for the final Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane.

He started in the No. 10 jersey for the Wallabies in their opening match of the Spring Tour against the Barbarians at Twickenham before playing a key role off the bench in three of the four remaining matches.

Cooper boasts an impressive winning strike rate having been victorious in 32 of his 53 Tests since debuting against Italy in 2008 and has accumulated 126 points in his Test career to date.

In 2012, Cooper signed a three-year deal with the Queensland Reds and has been announced as a member of their squad for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Quade Cooper – Wallaby No.830

Height: 1.86m
Weight: 92.5kg
Born: 05/04/1988 – Tokoroa, New Zealand
Province: Queensland Reds
Test Caps: 53
Test Points: 126
Test Debut: 2008 v Italy, Padova

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