Cooper left out of Wal­la­bies tour­ing squad

The Dominion Post - - Sport | Family Notices - RUGBY

Michael Cheika has omit­ted Quade Cooper from his Aus­tralian spring tour rugby squad but named a hand­ful of bolters af­ter late in­juries ruled out a num­ber of key play­ers from the team’s trip to Ja­pan and Europe.

Cooper, who had a solid game for the Bar­bar­ians on Satur­day against the Wal­la­bies, has again been brushed by Cheika in a sign he may have played his last game for Aus­tralia.

In terms of in­juries, Cheika has had to cover the likes of Jack Dempsey, Rory Arnold and Jer­maine Ains­ley, who have been ruled out of the tour.

Dempsey will spend three to four months out of the game but Cheika made it clear he had not torn his ham­string off the bone as some had first thought.

Lukhan Tui went down with a ham­string is­sue in the Bar­bar­ians game and looked to be in doubt for the tour but Cheika said he only had a mi­nor strain and would be a chance of play­ing against Eng­land at Twick­en­ham on Novem­ber 18.

The bolters in the 32-man squad are se­cond-row­ers Blake En­ever (ACT Brumbies) and Matt Philip (Western Force), as well as de­vel­op­ment play­ers Jack Mad­docks (Mel­bourne Rebels) and back-rower Liam Wright (Queens­land Reds).

Ben McCal­man, who has 49 tests to his name, has been re­warded for a fine show­ing on Satur­day.

As ex­pected, Stephen Moore has been given the green light to go on his last Wal­la­bies tour, with Tatafu Polota-Nau and Jor­dan Ue­lese the other hook­ers in the group.

Taniela Tupou will be flown over mid­way through the tour af­ter fin­ish­ing his NRC com­mit­ments.

The Wal­la­bies will leave for Ja­pan to­mor­row be­fore head­ing to the UK on the Sun­day af­ter the game for matches against Wales, Eng­land and Scot­land.

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