Sydney - Wallabies star Quade Cooper was on Thursday ruled out of competing
with the Australian Sevens team in the Olympic Games in Rio in August.
Sevens coach Andy Friend said the team had not had enough time to work
with the flyhalf, who plays for French Top 14 side Toulon.
no doubt Quade is a quality player, but put simply, we just haven't had
the opportunity to work with him as much as we would have liked over
the past five months," said Friend.
"Each day I have a group of
20-plus players working on different structures and patterns of play and
I don't think we would have got the very best out of Quade had we just
thrown him into a tournament with limited preparation - particularly for
an event as momentous as the Olympics.
"Although we are still a
few months out from the Games, I think it offers the fairest outcome for
everyone by making the call now," continued Friend.
channel his energies into Toulon while we can enter the next phase of
our preparations for Rio knowing the direction we want to take."
Cooper, 28, has 58 caps for the Wallabies and participated in the 2015-16 World Rugby Sevens Series in Las Vegas and Vancouver.
he has failed to impress since joining Toulon last year, Cooper will
now be able to focus on the Top 14 side's bid for the French title.
Sevens Rugby set to make its debut at the Olympics, the Australians
travel to Europe on Friday ahead of the ninth leg of the 2015-16 World
Rugby Sevens Series in Paris.
Australia are currently fourth in the World Series standings.