Cooper back in training

2010-01-07 09:49
Quade Cooper (File)

Sydney - Wallaby back Quade Cooper has returned to training with the Reds as he awaits a court hearing on burglary charges, club officials said on Thursday.

Cooper, 21, was last month charged with breaking into a house on the Gold Coast, and the Australian Rugby Union said he would not be allowed to play internationally or for the Reds until he undertook a counselling programme.

The action plan formulated by Queensland Rugby, the ARU and the Rugby Union Players' Association is aimed at addressing a number of off-field issues for Cooper, a spokesman said.

Reds' officials said Cooper's progress is being monitored and will be reviewed early next month before any further decisions are made on his immediate playing future.

Cooper underwent minor knee surgery soon after his return from the Wallaby tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland last November and is in the final stages of recovery.

New Reds coach Ewen McKenzie said Cooper had been eased back into training.

"Quade has made good progress on the medical front, so he should be ready to fully participate either this week or next week," McKenzie said.

"As far as his eligibility to play is concerned that decision will be made later, based on his progress in following the programme set down for him."

Cooper said he remained committed to fulfilling his off-field programme with the aim of playing for the Reds in the 2010 Super 14 season.

"It's up to me. It's all about the things I do off the field, and how I control that will decide how quickly I get back on the field," Cooper told reporters on Thursday.

"Playing footy is what I love, so to get back out there as fast as I can and close that window is all up to me."

Cooper is due to face court in July.

Read more on:    quade cooper

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee remains defiant, saying he won't resign despite a shambolic two years at the helm. Your thoughts?

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.