Quade Cooper commits to Australian rugby long term

Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper has officially put pen to paper on a new three-year contract, cementing his return to Australian Rugby after one season with French club Toulon. Cooper’s new deal will carry him through until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The 28-year-old will also return to familiar surroundings at Ballymore, rejoining the Queensland Reds, where he played 105 Super Rugby matches from 2007 to 2015 and was a key player in the team’s title-winning 2011 campaign. Cooper played 58 Tests for the Wallabies before heading to France, with his last appearance of that stretch coming in Australia’s 2015 Rugby World Cup pool match against Uruguay in Birmingham. The veteran playmaker rejoined the Qantas Wallabies ahead of the 2016 Rugby Championship and ran on at flyhalf in last weekend’s second Bledisloe Cup Test in Wellington. Cooper said playing international rugby was something he missed while overseas, and an opportunity that he would always cherish.
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