Rugby

Cooper back for Wallabies

2014-10-10 07:06
Quade Cooper (AFP)

Sydney - Mercurial flyhalf Quade Cooper earned a recall to the Australia set-up on Friday but Kurtley Beale was sidelined as he awaits a hearing into claims he sent offensive texts about a staff member.

Cooper, 26, was included in Ewen McKenzie's 32-man squad for next week's third and final Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand, who have already retained the trophy.

But there was no place for Beale, who missed last week's loss to Argentina following a mid-air bust-up and was later suspended pending the hearing into the text message claims.

Cooper has not played for Australia this year after he suffered a shoulder injury in May and lost his place to Bernard Foley in the starting line-up.

"You're always searching for the right balance of experience and youth in a squad, so it's pleasing to see Quade Cooper available once again," coach McKenzie said in a statement.

"This will be his first involvement in the squad environment this year, so we'll look forward to assessing where he is up to when we assemble in Brisbane on Sunday," he added.

The Reds playmaker was a significant inclusion along with uncapped Fiji-born wing Henry Speight, who was named even though he is in the final stages of rehabilitation from a hamstring injury.

Team officials said Speight would use the week to further familiarise himself with the Wallabies environment ahead of their five-game European tour next month.

Speight is one of four uncapped members in the squad, alongside Western Force tighthead prop Tetera Faulkner and centre Kyle Godwin, and Melbourne Rebels winger Tom English.

Rebels backrower Luke Jones also received a call-up after making his debut for Australia in the second Test against France in June.

Centre Matt Toomua was not considered after receiving a head knock in Australia's 21-17 Rugby Championship loss in Argentina last weekend.

Western Force backrower Ben McCalman, meanwhile, is unavailable for the remainder of the year after injuring his shoulder against South Africa a fortnight ago.

Other players on the injury list include Stephen Moore (knee), Tatafu Polota-Nau (ankle), Nathan Charles (pectoral), Scott Sio (ankle), Wycliff Palu (head), David Pocock (knee), Ben McCalman (shoulder) and Dave Dennis (knee).

McKenzie will finalise his 23-man match day squad next Tuesday.

Australia squad:

Forwards: Ben Alexander, Tetera Faulkner, Sekope Kepu, Benn Robinson, James Slipper, Saia Fainga'a, James Hanson, Josh Mann-Rea, Sam Carter, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, Scott Fardy, Scott Higginbotham, Matt Hodgson, Michael Hooper (capt), Luke Jones, Jake Schatz

Backs: Will Genia, Nick Phipps, Nic White, Quade Cooper, Bernard Foley, Kyle Godwin, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Leali'ifano, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tom English, Israel Folau, Rob Horne, Henry Speight, Joe Tomane

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Breaking News

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Which Super Rugby quarter-final are you most looking forward to?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.