Skill showed early
His talent on the football field was a clear indication that he would grow up to be a nemesis on the field for any opposing team.
Quade Cooper excelled on the field as a child and his former teacher, David Broman of Cargill Open Plan School recalled witnessing the young man’s talent.
‘‘His (Quade’s) favourite part of the day was lunchtime when he was out on the field kicking a ball around,’’ Mr Broman said. ‘‘You could see at that age that he was talented sportswise . . . You could see that he had great potential as a rugby player, as well as in other sports.’’
Mr Broman, who is an avid rugby follower, said Quade had obvious natural talent and he had peers he could relate to because they too were naturally gifted. All Blacks Richard Kahui, Warrior Isaac John, Walter Little and Canterbury Crusader Sean Maitland also attended Cargill Open Plan School.
PLAYING AROUND: Quade Cooper excelled on the field even as a youngster.