Skill showed early

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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