Dumped Cooper happy to earn his keep
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.”