'Springer Show' jibe at Cooper

2011-09-15 12:13

Auckland - Quade Cooper could barely contain his amusement as he was repeatedly quizzed about being New Zealand's 'Public Enemy Number One' at a news conference he described as resembling the "Jerry Springer Show" on Thursday.

The Wallabies flyhalf, a New Zealand-born Maori who moved to Australia as a teenager, has been a fixture in the local media since he arrived in Auckland last week, cast in the role of pantomime villain at the World Cup party.

Criticism of his supposed feud with New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw culminated in Australia's 1991 World Cup winning skipper Nick Farr-Jones describing Cooper as a "boofhead" for riling up the hosts ahead of what he anticipated being an All Blacks-Wallabies final.

Clearly the biggest story in town this week after the All Blacks moved south for their second match of the tournament against Japan, Thursday's Australian news conference was a packed house and there was no doubting who was star of the show.

For his first couple of attempts to tackle questions about his unpopularity, the 23-year-old tried a little spin.

"The positive is that people are backing us to make the final against New Zealand," he said.

"But a lot of things have got to happen for us to be in the final against the All Blacks and we've got a massive game against the Irish and we have to give Ireland the respect they deserve."

For the next question on the subject, he said he had found Aucklanders to be very supportive and suggested it was all a media invention.

"You've got to write about something when we're not playing football," he said.

Finally, as coach Robbie Deans appealed for reporters to get back to discussing the team he had selected to play Ireland in Pool C on Saturday, Cooper resorted to bluntness.

"To be honest, I don't really care," he said.

Cooper later tweeted that he had struggled to contain his amusement and compared the news conference to the American trash-talk TV show.

"... it was like a Jerry Springer show," he said on his Twitter page.

To be fair to the local media, Cooper has sometimes playfully stoked the fires himself, suggesting, for example, that his reputation got him selected for dope testing after Australia's 32-6 opening victory over Italy last weekend.

"He's the sort of guy that enjoys that, the pressure and also a little bit of the spotlight," Will Genia, his halfback partner since their schooldays, said earlier this week.

Cooper's sometimes brilliant performances on the field are integral to Australia's hopes of winning the World Cup and that was what Deans preferred to talk about.

"I don't have thoughts on the matter to be fair," the New Zealander said. "It's great to have Quade with us and he's totally committed to the best interests of the team."

Cooper, a member of the Ngapuhi tribe, still has relatives all over New Zealand's North Island and said he had really enjoyed the way the Maori culture had been made an integral part of the tournament.

"It's good for the country, and it's great for the countries coming in to get a feel for the cultural side of New Zealand," he said. "It's a very humbling experience to be welcomed in that way."

Cooper was born in Auckland but grew up in Tokoroa, a town of 15,000 which has also produced All Blacks Keven Mealamu and Richard Kahui, Ireland scrumhalf Isaac Boss, as well as Fiji flyhalf Nicky Little.

Cooper left his best line until last, when asked whether there was something "in the water" in the Waikato town.

"That's what everyone's been saying but I remember a few years back when I was living there, there was plenty of giardia in the water, so it's definitely not that," he said, referring to a parasite that causes sickness and diarrhoea. "Could be something else."

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  • Zip23 - 2011-09-15 12:41

    Wonder whod be the best in the world if you had to play in the country of your birth?

      Cornel - 2011-09-15 12:54

      Dan Carter >

      burtfred - 2011-09-15 12:58

      Patrick Lambie.

      roboman1 - 2011-09-15 13:50

      Patrick Lambie is not even the best flyhalf in the Sharks team, thats why they play Michalak at 10! But I reckon Cooper has got under McCaw's skin, so good for him

      Grant - 2011-09-15 13:54

      I think he means which TEAM... :p

  • Jaco de Clerck - 2011-09-15 13:02

    PLONKER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Bruce Dundee - 2011-09-15 14:01

      Yes, you.

      Corms - 2011-09-15 14:44

      Just another Dutchie with a stupid name.

      Savage - 2011-09-15 14:58

      Nah, met the guy out once and despite us been completely off our heads and ruining his date he was polite and friendly. Smaller than I expected though.

      RandomDude - 2011-09-15 17:44

      C'mon he's a great rugby player . I'm a SB fan but that doesn't make me blind. Aus is going to be in trouble if anything happens to him.

  • Jaco de Clerck - 2011-09-15 13:06

    Very good player but please grow up !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-15 15:14

      He is 23 years old... still plenty of time to grow up.

  • Blouste-Blou - 2011-09-15 13:20

    It is not the final where Aus and NZ will meet, it is in the game for 3rd or 4th place

      PietSkiet - 2011-09-15 13:43

      SA vs England final, again, so I do not know why these guys are winding each other up

      Lionel - 2011-09-15 13:57

      "Hey Mate" or should I rather rephrase that and say "Hey Boet". I think you should get off smoking blou bull dung as it really is stuffing up your brain and killing the very few brain cells you have left. Go AB's.

      alijmain - 2011-09-15 14:15

      @lionel - 24 years soon to 28 u havent had the cup so I donno what you are smoking 'boet'!!

      Wynand - 2011-09-15 14:19

      Lionel, will they not choke again? Surely not again????

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-15 14:23

      Lionel "mate" you do realize that before the AB's can play in the final they first have to get passed Argentina in the quarter finals... the Argies are a very physical team... then from there the road does not get any easier "mate"

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-15 15:23

      Hoe de hel wil SA final speel as hulle nie eers vir Wallis kan klop nie. Go Fiji. Go Manu Samoa!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-15 15:33

      Ag ou Kokkie, moenie worry nie, watch net :)

  • Peter - 2011-09-15 13:23

    This just makes you think, trying to wind up the aussie team, they are going to take the title, south africa have nothing to offer. They are already getting their excuses for when they fall, no Jean Smith no Bekker no Bakkies after saturday no Matfield the list goes on, always moaning about something mainly the ref anyware in the world, go bokka out of the tournament quicker the better, goodbye.

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-15 13:28

      Peter Peter... we are not making excuses, yes the Bokke are struggling with injuries but they will pull through. So far they are still very much in contention to successfully defend their title. Write them off at your own peril. Go Bokke!

      Oom Filimon - 2011-09-15 13:29

      Peter - go your mama

      Mr Bee Hind - 2011-09-15 13:31

      Bakkies is there old timer

      BD - 2011-09-15 13:41

      Peter, if you are going to knock a team at least get the names right! It is Jean de Villiers or Juan Smith...

  • AndV - 2011-09-15 13:24

    Who is Nick-far Jones again? Didn't he won the RWC without the best team playing? Cooper is a real badger and plays excellent rugby. More than can be said of cheating McCaw. So shut up! At least Cooper has the guts to to put this cheat on his place. Go for it Cooper!!!

      Trokkie - 2011-09-15 13:41

      can someone please bring AndV his tampon before he cries

      Lionel - 2011-09-15 14:12

      McCaw is a genius and he knows how to get under the oppositions skin and also piss you Bok supporters off. What about Bakkies 'The Thug' Botha? Just love your English "Didn't he won the RWC without the best team playing?" Rather make your comments in Afrikaans, as at least then it shows that you do have a few brain cells.

      Wynand - 2011-09-15 14:27

      Lionel, McCaw is a cheat and he even admited it! Just like Read etc always coming from the side of the ruck and falling over the ball. Looks like the refs started spotting the ABs when they stand offside besides the rucks, started in the last Ausie game. Dont talk about Bakkies when you have thugs like Brad Thorne, Nonu and Mealamu in your team!

      Barry Edwards - 2011-09-15 14:41

      Happy to see Richie McCheat is getting a taste of his own medicine.

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-15 15:54

      Lionel jou helde gaan vou soos kaart mannetjies.. Sjoe! Afrikaans is darm maar lekker!

  • BB - 2011-09-15 13:39

    Waarom soek Quade Cooper nie moeilikheid met Bakkies nie, te bang! Te windgat vir sy skoene.

      Howzitekse - 2011-09-15 14:22

      Quade Cooper het nog nie vanjaar in n span gespeel wat teen n SA span verloor het nie, so hy dink nie eers aan ons nie - skrik wakker ou BB (Bees Blaas?). As n mens Bakkies skeef kyk, val hy om - beseer. Bakkies lyk maar so dom, maar moet hom nie onderskat nie - hy vat net ouens aan wat kleiner is as Quade.

      RandomDude - 2011-09-15 18:06

      I don't think anyone is scared of Bakkies B .. meathead bully that's lost more than one game for us . He should try and take up a sport like MMA rather than Rugby . He'll find out he's no fighter and maybe he'll focus on being a Rugby player for a change .

  • nixcroft - 2011-09-15 14:33

    Cooper is good, no doubt. And he is still he is a legend in the making. So he plays mind games with old' richie...they all do it, the all blacks and ozzies and the pommies are very good at that. It is part of the mental pre game approach. So he is windgat...if i was the best flyhalf in my country in top 5 if not top 3 in the world i would probably also be windgat. He has achieved more up til now than most of us ever will, me included... that a fact. So his opponents and their supporters don't like what ? When Naas Botha played for N TVL everyone excepts N TVL fans hated his guts...when he pulled on that Green and Gold the whole south africa loved him. Love Cooper or hate him, it doesn't change the fact that he is right up there with Dan Carter and company

  • Adrian Dunphy - 2011-09-15 14:48

    Quade Cooper is a top player and has the attitude - he has McCaw and the All Blacks running scared! i really hope we see the All Blacks crying again this year - bunch of posers!!! go bokke, still the team to win!

  • Chief Kok - 2011-09-15 15:30


      Wynand - 2011-09-15 15:49


      Chief Kok - 2011-09-15 16:00

      @Wynand: Het jy weer vanoggend jou dummy by die huis vergeet. Amper huistoe gaan tyd.

      Wynand - 2011-09-15 16:59

      Regso Cock!

      jan du preeaz - 2011-09-15 18:12

      ou kok, was dit warm vandag daar by die shopping centre se parkeer area?

      Barry Edwards - 2011-09-15 19:31

      @KOK You are real prick

  • coenie.koch - 2011-09-15 15:57

    Heard about the 2 new documentaries coming up end October 2011? It's called " The rise and fall of the All Black rugby team, and "O Shucks!! Here comes the Boks!!

      jan du preeaz - 2011-09-15 18:13

      nee tjom, gee die AB's net n' "four finger salute" dan kry hulle nagmerries!!!

      cupid - 2011-09-15 19:39

      that documentary has been out since 2010.

  • Claudeus - 2011-09-15 19:29

    I believe The SB will get better and play either the Wannabes or the chokers with their predictable ugly wining formula to win their third world cup.

  • wood - 2011-09-15 20:09

    Poor old Barry.His fixation with McCaw is pure unrequited love.Come out the closet Barry you will feel better for it but I have to tell you Ritchie likes women.

      Barry Edwards - 2011-09-15 21:04

      Poor old Wood. He thinks Richie Mc Cheat is rugby player to look up to. What an arse.

  • Mickey Fin - 2011-09-15 22:58

    Interesting to see the comments and most people that think Cooper is a good player. Have you all not noticed how he is moved when on defence? He has the little "shuffle" thing before he takes off and that is it. His offloads are all over the place and defence nonexistent. He is nothing more than a thug who is very lucky to have escaped a long term in jail. He will cost the Wallabies the World Cup because he has no brains and will be coaxed into hitting or again kicking Mc Caw and then red carded. But good player-No way!!!!

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