Cooper undeterred by McCaw

2011-08-02 11:11

Gold Coast - Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper vows to continue his attacking brand of rugby Saturday in his first Test on New Zealand soil, despite the expectation of some extra attention from All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

McCaw was angered by an incident in last year's Australia-New Zealand Test in Hong Kong in which Cooper shoved McCaw's head after the Wallabies got the match-winning try.

McCaw took every chance during the Super Rugby season to pay back the Reds playmaker for his perceived lack of respect.

Cooper had the last laugh when the Reds beat McCaw's Crusaders 18-13 in the Super Rugby final.

Training with the Wallabies squad on Tuesday ahead of the Bledisloe Cup opener at Auckland's Eden Park, Cooper said he hoped the matter was over, but was ready for more attention.

"He's already said 'hello' to me a few times this year in the Super Rugby so there's no real reason to reacquaint there," he said.

"It's out on the rugby field and there's a lot of things that are going to go on, and there's 14 other blokes to worry about out on that field so I won't be concentrating on one bloke."

Australia opened its international season with an upset loss to Samoa in Sydney on July 17, before rebounding to beat a below-strength South Africa 39-20 the following weekend in the opening match of the Tri-Nations tournament.

New Zealand thrashed South Africa 40-7 last weekend and is set to be close to full strength for Saturday's match at Eden Park, where the All Blacks have not lost a Test in 17 years.


  • BCC - 2011-08-02 11:20

    This is very poor journalism. Richie has publicly stated, when asked, that the incident did not bother him. He seemed bemused that the media was making a big deal about it. And yet now a SA news site is trying to make it a big deal again. Richie is far too professional to let something pathetic like this affect his play.

      Pictureof - 2011-08-02 11:44

      Would have been a totally different story if Cooper spilt a drink on him in the Pub afterwards.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 11:22

    @BCC - a South African 'news site' has got the story from the Australian media.

  • Josh Brown - 2011-08-02 11:26

    Mcaws a cheat a hoax & mediocre at best.. BAM BAM Pocock will smash him like a guitar!!!..

      Kok - 2011-08-02 11:39


      Makutu - 2011-08-02 12:02

      McCaw is just good at what he does bro. Pity we don't have players of his cailbre. We have a captain that doesn't leads by example. A Captain that makes mo tackles and when he does make a tackle he misses 46% of them. Anyways, goodluck to South Africa and their World Cup Ambitions.

  • jk - 2011-08-02 11:29

    handbags.. no comments on a stupid article-PROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. 35-7!!!!!!!!!

      Biggest Bull - 2011-08-02 13:01

      Ja jk, and you are the expert when it comes to handbags, hey champ?

      jk - 2011-08-02 13:52

      prada ja

  • - 2011-08-02 11:31

    From a true Springboks Supporter. Does anyone feel like the real Tri-nations is only about to start now?

      jk - 2011-08-02 11:32

      no, the real currie cup started last sat- 35-7!!!!!

      jk - 2011-08-02 11:39

      kokkie- do you really think you gonna win this one? think now before you type...

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 11:41

      No Valium. You are on your own.

      Chronoman - 2011-08-02 12:18


  • Kok - 2011-08-02 11:38

    We'll see mr Cooper. We'll see.

      Manus - 2011-08-02 11:54

      We'll see ... we'll see proper rugby, played by proper teams.

  • BiggestBull - 2011-08-02 11:41

    Hi All, I know this is a little bit off the topic, but can someone please tell me if there has been any news on Pierre Spies' injury? Thank you Regards BiggestBull

      jk - 2011-08-02 11:43

      biggestbull- from germiston-35-7!!!!!!, WE DOOOOOOOONT CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARE ABOUT HAS BEEEEEEEEN SPIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      JustinD - 2011-08-02 11:48

      Yes he will never come right.....

      jk - 2011-08-02 11:53

      justind- al wat met spies fout is, is dat sy kop raas..

      Biggest Bull - 2011-08-02 12:05

      jk, ek sal daarvan hou om jou kop te lees.

      Biggest Bull - 2011-08-02 12:06

      Ek is van Hatfield. Die mooiste stad in die wereld.

      jk - 2011-08-02 12:14

      my garmin vat nie hatvield nie, stop by die paarl tonnel... weet nie hoekom nie,,,

      Chronoman - 2011-08-02 12:19

      Vergeet maar van Spies. Ons praat hier van Springbok rugby.

      jk - 2011-08-02 12:20

      duane vermeulen-35-7!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-02 12:21

      @Biggestbull - why are you not travelling back and forth between Hatfield and Rosebank on the Guatrain today? That sounds like an exciting little outing for you?

      jk - 2011-08-02 12:29

      saffa- the only outing that he gets is to presleys- drink as much as you can for R78...

      Biggest Bull - 2011-08-02 12:34

      Jis, jk, I prefer Dropzone to Presley's. You know, jk, I honestly believe you need help. This is not a chirp, just an observation and I kindly urge you to seek professional help. Good luck brother.

      jk - 2011-08-02 12:41

      thanks biggestwanker- niks fout met my hoof nie, vra maar enige wp supporter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 35-7!!!!!!!!! PROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!! 35-7!!!!!!!

      Biggest Bull - 2011-08-02 12:41

      No thanks Saffa, I enjoy road rage more.

      Biggest Bull - 2011-08-02 12:42

      Jk, then upgrade your Garmin. Gauteng keeps this country afloat you know.

      jk - 2011-08-02 12:44

      BIGGESTWANKER- shame man, you still hanging out with the 18 year olds... move on boetie..., maybe brooklyn side, but i think the chats there will be to intelectual for you..., maybe pretoria noord... ag, who knows, you a lost case anyway...

      Biggest Bull - 2011-08-02 13:02

      jk, it's "you are". Why do you type so badly?

  • seansauk - 2011-08-02 12:27

    Go Aus!!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-08-03 02:46

    Hope they murder each other and are both out of the World Cup. It will make it easier for everybody around.

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