Quade Cooper ruled out for the Season

Queensland Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season and most of the Rugby Championship as he will Rugby Injuryhave surgery on his shoulder this week.

Cooper faces a 16-week recovery after MRI scans today confirmed he requires surgery to heal an AC joint injury suffered against the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday.

Cooper will undergo surgery on his shoulder tomorrow to repair a Grade 3 AC joint injury in his left shoulder after he fell on it awkwardly in a tackle.

The flyhalf will use the lengthy recovery window to also undergo arthroscopic surgery to clean up loose cartilage in his hip – a maintenance job that required a break in his playing schedule before it could be fixed.

The recovery time for the shoulder operation is 16 weeks, while recovery for the hip surgery will take 12 weeks, meaning it can be slotted in while he is rehabilitating his shoulder.

Cooper should be back to full health in mid-September.

Reds head coach Richard Graham reiterated how disappointing the news was for the team and for Cooper.

“Quade is obviously disappointed to miss the rest of the season, but he knows these two operations will bring him back to full health,” Graham said.

“This isn’t the first injury setback Quade has had in his career and he showed with his knee rehabilitation just how determined and resilient he is. I know he will take just as much enthusiasm and drive into this rehabilitation.

“A player of Quade’s ability rarely has extended breaks from the game, so if there is a silver lining to this injury layoff it is that this will allow him time to refresh and repair his body in preparation for the 2015 season.”

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Cooper cleared to face the Brumbies

Queensland Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper has been cleared to play in the Reds opening Super Rugby match of 2014 against the Rugby InjuryBrumbies in Canberra this Saturday.

“If I’m picked I’ll be 100% ready to go, I’ve been given the all clear,” Cooper said.

“From a medical perspective there is no severe damage or any reason that I shouldn’t be able to play. I just need to continue to get through each session.

“I feel pretty good, I feel like a Rugby player. I’m sure there are more guys such as the front rowers, who are scrummaging every day and feeling a lot worse than I am so I’m happy to be up and about and joining my teammates for training.”

Cooper along with many other Reds players have marked the first match against the Brumbies as one the team is keen to win after they went down to the ACT outfit 24-6 in the corresponding match in 2013.

“You remember every victory, but you also remember every loss and want to make amends for that.”

“We’re not going to look back and use that as our sole motivation, our motivation is about being better as a team and doing things in 2014 that we haven’t done since 2011.

“We want to win another title and work as hard as we can to rectify that and make sure we’re winning each game and that starts with the Brumbies.”

While the Brumbies weren’t renowned for adventurous game play in 2013, they played to their strengths and Cooper is conscious of this heading into Saturday’s game.

“What the Brumbies do well is play to their skill set. If you look at the Brumbies last year, they didn’t do anything crazy or out of the box, but what they did do, they did well.”

“We expect that from them every year, to be a quality side that are well drilled who also have immense talent throughout their squad.”

“The challenge for us will be to go down to Canberra, a place they’re very comfortable playing in, and successfully nullifying their game.”

Quade Cooper discharged from hospital

Wallabies and Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper has been discharged from hospital after he was stretchered off the field wearing a Rugby Injuryneck brace near the end of a Super Rugby warm up match at Ballymore.

Cooper was sent to hospital for precautionary scans last night, following a tackle in the last minute of their pre-season match against the Melbourne Rebels and was kept overnight and had X-rays, which showed no sign of any fractures.

The flyhalf underwent an MRI scan this morning and preliminary results indicate there is no serious damage. Reds’ medical staff expect to know the full results of the scan on Monday morning.

While a little stiff and sore from the collision, Cooper is out of hospital and mobile.

The Reds says that once the full results of the MRI scan are known they will give an update on Cooper’s status.

Earlier Reds coach Richard Graham said the injury probably wasn’t serious and Cooper may play in the Reds’ season opener next weekend against the Brumbies.

Graham said Cooper was alert and in good spirits, but scan results were needed before he could be cleared of a serious injury.

The Super Rugby warm up match was won 18-13 by the Rebels.

Cooper issued a fine and ban by the ARU

The controversy surrounding mercurial Reds and Wallaby play maker Quade Cooper has finally been put to bed after the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) announced that he would receive a $60 000 fine as well as a three match ban for his public lambasting of the Wallaby coach and squad environment.

The fine is broken down into three sections, $10 000 for his twitter rant in which he labled the Wallaby camp a “toxic environment”, £50 000 further fine for his ill placed comments to the media and on a Fox Sports programme and finally a $20 000 suspended fine which run out in two years if the player adheres to the ARU code of conduct.

Cooper made the following comments after the hearing:

“I had a fair hearing and I acknowledge that I fell below the standards expected of me as a Wallaby, I want to focus on the future and moving forward I am determined to restore the faith people have placed in me. My passion for representing my country is very strong and I am focused on having a strong year next year and putting my hand up for selection in the Wallabies squad,” he added.

The ARU will now begin the process of contract negotiations with Cooper as this was put on hold for the duration of the tribunal.

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According to Aussie papers Deans is nearly done

When Rugby Window previewed the Bok v Wallaby game last Saturday, we described it as being a watershed (or even Waterloo) for both coaches. The one who lost would be packing his bags very shortly…and it was Deans and his walking wounded who limped off the Loftus Versfeld after receiving a 5 try to 1 hiding.

The Australian media are now calling for his head:

“The coaching future of Robbie Deans will go on the line in Argentina when a second-string Wallabies side takes on the Pumas,” The Daily Telegraph’s Jim Tucker said.

“The unnerving knowledge that the Broken XV in the casualty ward is a far superior line-up to the Wallabies flying into a wild Argentinian ambush is not how Robbie Deans planned to fight for his coaching future.”

“Not after five seasons of triumphs and crashlandings in the big-ticket arenas of Sydney, Brisbane, Durban, Bloemfontein, Twickenham, Murrayfield and, of course, Auckland with that cursed Eden Park patch.”

Former Wallaby captain Andrew Slack said the “messiest” fortnight in Australian rugby’s professional history had pushed Deans’s tenure as national coach close to breaking point.

“Nowadays is it perform or perish,” Slack told the Australian Associated Press.

“People will be looking for a scapegoat and rightly or wrongly the responsibility for the performances rests with the coach.

“There will be a lot of pressure on Robbie heading into the (Argentina) game.

“And if it is a game they lose, that pressure will only intensify but I think even if they win that pressure will still be there.”

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Greg Growden said “disruption and decay” were everywhere.

“Australian Rugby has endured the most dreadful of weeks. And next week could be even worse, with the Wallabies heading deeper into the horror tour from hell,” Growden wrote.

“Disruption and decay are everywhere. (Flyhalf) Quade Cooper dumps on them, the Springboks smash them and now they head to Argentina with the fear that without enough fit bodies they could be decimated by the Pumas.”

The Australian newspaper said Australian rugby was deteriorating fast and called on new ARU chairman Michael Hawker to act.

“If he doesn’t hit the button for the crash cart now, the game will soon slip beyond the point of saving,” the paper’s Wayne Smith said.

“The defibrillator paddles have to be applied and the first jolt needs to shake loose Robbie Deans from the coaching position.

“There is not the slightest doubt that Deans has given his all over the past five years and tried to make the Wallabies work.”

“But clearly they’re not working and that was obvious at Pretoria long before injuries reduced the team to a shambles midway through the second half.”

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Reds chiefs sick of Quade Coopers twitter ramblings

Quade Cooper is in line for a thorough dressing down from Queensland Reds chief executive Jim Carmichael because of his continuous “ramblings” on the social media site Twitter.

The injured no.10 has recently made headlines by calling the Wallaby camp a “toxic environment” and insisting that the boring style of rugby will turn the Ausie fans off Rugby Union.

Cooper made a jibe at the Wallaby playing styles in response to a Twitter followers suggesting he should play more to his natural attacking game: “I am allowed from February to May sir,” hinting that he is only allowed to express himself during Super Rugby.

Cooper maintains that his twitter attacks are not aimed at Wallaby coach Robbie Deans or the players but rather at the whole structure of the ARU.

“All I want to do is fix the problems and get on with it and win rugby games,” Cooper said. “But if to say that Ewen is the next coach of course I would support that. That’s not to say I’m not supporting Robbie. He’s done a lot for me as a kid coming through.” Said Cooper

Carmichael has condemned the mercurial playmakers comments in an interview with the Ausie Courier Mail paper: “I’m fed up to be honest. Quade is making silly comments that do damage to our code,”

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Injured Cooper labels Wallabies as a “toxic environment”

The mercurial former league play maker Quade Cooper has spoken out about the way Wallaby coach Robbie Deans manages his squad, labeling the squad environments as “toxic”.

The Reds fly half has been ruled out of the rest of the years rugby due to a knee injury and has spent his spare time during rehab bashing his coach on the social media site Twitter as well as hinting he may join his mate Sonny Bill Williams in a switch to Rugby League next year.

“There’s a lot of people who are afraid to say what they feel so they just go along with it and nothing is going to change…That’s why I feel so strongly as a player. I don’t want to be involved in the toxic environment, and that’s how it is at the moment…It’s an environment where things aren’t going according to plan and everyone is looking to point the finger,” he explained.

Cooper back tracked on his twitter comments by suggesting that we is willing to work on it with Deans:” All I want to do is fix the problems and get on with it and win rugby games…I’m very respectful to Robbie and I’m very thankful to Robbie as well for giving me the opportunity that he has…But for me it’s about bettering myself and bettering the country and I’m just sick of losing to the All Blacks. I hate losing,” he said

Love him or hate him, he does make things interesting… and to be fair we should definitely listen to the opinion of a professional rugby player who has been arrested for burglary… what a tool.

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