Dave Rainey is considering a surprise move to face New Zealand
What if Quade Cooper is the starter in the third Test of the Bledisloe Cup (or Day Two of Rugby Championship 2021, editor) against the All Blacks, wearing the No. 10 jersey? Never say never: in Australia trocar prices are skyrocketing, also because coach Dave Rainey has made no secret of his opinion on the possibility.
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The manager has been missing for four years on the international scene (70 games total, most recently on June 24, 2017 against Italy), but after James O’Connor’s injury, the streak of absence could be interrupted: ‘Cooper? – I can only praise him.”
“He did not stop training for a second, even on rest days. He was always found both on the court and in the gym, helping the youngsters and trying to raise his level.”
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“Could he be a key player against the All Blacks? We know the player’s profile technically and what he showed us in training satisfies us. He knows how to run a game against the All Blacks: he could be an option.”
Finally, after the coach spoke about Cooper, he also used it to refer to Samu Kerifi, who also returned with the Wallabies jersey (he’s been missing since 2019): “Samu was very good. Like Quade, he’s an expert item and you can give us his contribution. The fact that he was Centuri Songoliath in recent years doesn’t make a difference: I have a friend Jason O’Loran, who’s a staff member, and he’s given me positive feedback about him.”
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