Sydney - Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi has backed flyhalf Quade Cooper
to re-discover his best form, despite his shock Wallabies omission.
Kerevi made his return to the Wallabies fold this week after
missing the June series with an ankle injury, but it was without his long-time
Queensland team-mate, who was a high-profile absentee from Michael Cheika’s
Rugby Championship training squad.
Cooper’s omission was one that surprised players and fans
alike, coming after a challenging year at the Reds.
The 70-Test playmaker has taken the chance to head on an
overseas holiday while the Wallabies are in camp and Kerevi said Cooper was
staying positive despite being overlooked.
“I couldn’t sleep one of the nights and I texted him really
late just to see, encouraging him and seeing if he’s okay,’ Kerevi told the
Australian Rugby Union's official website.
“He’s having a positive mind-set on it, he’s going to work
harder on himself and his game.
“He’s a pretty positive guy, so he gets around the guys and
it was sad to see but I know he’ll bounce back from it.”
Despite Cooper’s indifferent year, Kerevi had no hesitation
in predicting the 29-year-old could rediscover the form that has made him such
a high-profile name.
“100 per cent, I have no doubt he’ll get back to that form
and once he’s enjoying his footy again, he’ll come back better and stronger,
definitely no doubting that.”
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika on Monday ruled out any
immediate recall for Cooper, who was omitted from his initial 38-man training
squad, despite an injury to Karmichael Hunt.
“We’re comfortable where we are now,” he said.
“It doesn’t change our dynamic at five-eighth. We’re
comfortable with what we’ve got and I wouldn’t be bringing anyone in for
Cheika said he planned to meet Cooper at some point in the
coming months, with the fly-half likely to feature for Brisbane City in
Australia's National Rugby Championship.
“I think he’s having some holidays and then his pathway will
be through NRC,” he added.
“I imagine I will have spoken to him face to face and had a
chance to go through some of those things.”