Injury ends Cooper's RWC

2011-10-21 10:31

Auckland - Quade Cooper's Rugby World Cup ended bitterly on Friday when he injured his knee and was helped from the field after 21 minutes of Australia's third-place playoff against Wales.

Beset by a loss of form and confidence and harassed by hostile crowds, Cooper struggled to express his talent at a tournament which could have been his triumph.

The Wallabies playmaker who brilliantly led the Reds to the Super 15 tournament this season was at a loss throughout the tournament to recover that form and that authority. He faltered under pressure when Australia lost to Ireland in the group stage and in knockout matches against South Africa and New Zealand.

Under slightly less pressure in Friday's playoff for third, Cooper seemed to have a new spring in his step. Playing more often at first receiver behind a Wallabies pack that was generally going forward, he showed some of his finer passing touches and an ability to bring runners into play.

He wasn't flawless. In the eighth minute and with Australia hammering the Welsh line from a penalty tap only five meters out, he threw a pass at the feet of center Adam Ashley-Cooper as he crashed into the line from depth.

Still, Cooper looked confident, sliding into half gaps around midfield, taking an exploratory step or two then attempting to work teammates into space. But in the 21st minute, carrying the ball in another Australian attack, he changed direction sharply, appeared to step and twist awkwardly and fell to the ground in pain.

He lay clutching his left knee before receiving on-field treatment from Australian medical staff, then being assisted to the dressing room.

The New Zealand fans who had harried Cooper so relentlessly throughout the tournament, booing his every touch of the ball, were suddenly contrite and he left the field to sympathetic applause.


  • Andre - 2011-10-21 10:47

    Cooper is a pantsy!!!!!!!

      Shoosh - 2011-10-21 12:22

      Andre is a jealous idiot.

  • Lida - 2011-10-21 11:03

    Shame. It was gone anyway so why cry................

  • Theprodigy - 2011-10-21 11:08

    not a fan of Cooper (or Aus for that matter), but I'm disgusted at the NZers booing, critics were right NZ should not have been awarded the cup, not just for economic reasons, or crowd attendance reasons, but also for the appalling bad sportsmanship that they have displayed throughout the WC booing, the Boks, the English & the Australians, pretty pathetic really.

      Mark - 2011-10-21 11:24

      Lol. No country as disrespecting as the South Africans. Who cares about booing at him, he hits people for the fun of it. What do you people do when the Blacks do their Haka in SA? He was stupid to have hit Mccaw in the face knowing he'll have to play in New Zealand at the end of the year. What a total idiot, is he not?

      Kosie - 2011-10-21 11:42

      @ mark:the haka is a stupid ritual dance, not supposed to have anything to do with rugby. all the island teams do some sort of ridiculous dance, what makes the haka more special than theirs

      EJ - 2011-10-21 14:27

      Theprodigy -hyprocrite, It doesnt compare to the treatment of Bryce. You had bitter Boks fans harrassing a poor innocent man in NZ who had the same name as Bryce. You even had a local radio station harrassing and insulting Bryce. Pathetic.

  • Wesley - 2011-10-21 11:15

    You know we all dislike the guy immensely! but never cool to see talent get hurt.......

  • tyronlouw - 2011-10-21 11:15

    Its is an anterior cruciate ligament tear - thats about 8-12 months recovery! Same as Brussouws, but doesnt look as serious!

      Phil - 2011-10-21 15:09

      In Aussie Rules Football they have them back playing within 12 weeks , expect to see Quade within 6 months

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