Cheika : Foley & Cooper will go to World Cup

The Australian flyhalf pair of Bernard Foley and Quade Cooper have both been
told by Wallabies coach Michael Cheika that they will be going to the Rugby
World Cup.

Foley and Cooper have shared the playmaker duties in the Rugby Championship
and Bledisloe Cup with Cooper starting in this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup decider.

Coach Cheika says that regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s Test clash between
New Zealand and Australia both players will be playing at the World Cup next
month.

Two weeks before the August 31 deadline to settle on his 31-man World Cup squad,
and with the crucial Bledisloe Cup Test still to be played, Cheika told the
pair to pack their bags.

Cooper, selected ahead of Foley for this weekend’s Test in Auckland, has not
been on his best form this year and was not required to suit up against the
All Blacks when the Wallabies won the Rugby Championship decider in Sydney last
week.

He also has a history of being flustered when playing the All Blacks in New
Zealand, where he has received a hostile reception from the crowd ever since
he kneed Kiwi captain Richie McCaw in a Test four years ago.

Matt Giteau started ahead of Foley last week against the All Blacks, but Cheika
on Friday said that was irrelevant when it came to selection for the World Cup,
which starts in England on September 18.

Cheika said he told Cooper when naming the fly-half to start against the All
Blacks that “there is nothing to prove here, this is not some type of test
for you, this is about your doing your job for the team in the game.

“I’ve been quite open about the fact they are coming (to the World Cup).
Him and Foley, they are coming.

“I don’t think this is the appropriate match to say ‘play good here and
you’ll get in the World Cup’.”

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