Sydney - Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper has
failed to make Australia's 12-man squad for this week's Sydney Sevens despite
making a long-haul trip for the tournament.
The 27-year-old flew in from France on
Tuesday night in a bid to win a place in the line-up as a first step to
participating in the Rio Olympics.
But Australia's new sevens coach Andy
Friend said Cooper ran out of time for the sell-out Sydney event.
"Due to circumstances which were
beyond Quade's control and our control, he just couldn't get enough work in
this week with the team," Friend told reporters.
"There is no doubt in my mind that he
will be a tremendous addition to the squad as we build towards Rio,"
"Quade is going to get his
opportunities during the series and we are really excited to have him here in
our group and with us throughout this preparation.
"He'll spend the weekend embedded with
the squad as well, that contact is a really important part of his learning
process in a different version of the game."
Cooper moved to European powerhouse Toulon
after a disappointing World Cup and the Mediterranean club have reportedly
agreed to free him for three world series events.
While Cooper sits out the Sydney sevens,
fellow Wallaby Henry Speight made the cut for the side captained by a returning
The Australian Thunderbolts are seventh in
the world series standings after three rounds of the 10-leg tournament.