Dumped Cooper happy to earn his keep

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

JAMIE PANDARAM but still signed to the ARU for another two years on his mas­sive wage, Cooper has re­sisted the urge to move over­seas and will con­tinue earn­ing his guar­an­teed money turn­ing out in the Premier Rugby com­pe­ti­tion.

The Wal­la­bies star will play along­side labour­ers and fac­tory work­ers in a team coached by for­mer Su­per Rugby and NRL player Elia Tuqiri, who is as­sisted by Wal­la­bies leg­end Toutai Kefu.

“Quade’s ob­vi­ously got more knowl­edge than me as a young coach, it’s more get­ting him in­volved with the coach­ing as well,” Tuqiri said.

“Util­is­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence, we bounce things off him, ‘What do you think of this sit­u­a­tion?’ he’s been great, he’s been giv­ing me ad­vice around try­ing this or that, he has been help­ing me as a coach.

“To have some­one of his cal­i­bre play­ing club rugby week in, week out, and it’s free to come and watch club rugby here, we’ll see a mas­sive crowd.

“It’s only good ex­po­sure for club rugby and most likely in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion at grass­roots.”

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