The Quade Cooper you don’t hear about

Quade Cooper is one of the most polarising figures in rugby and has been since he stepped onto the international scene as an 18-year old in 2007. But those close to him have a very different opinion of the world’s highest paid club rugby player. After falling out of favour at the Reds, Cooper has spent the past few months playing and training with QLD Premier Rugby club Souths and his impact has been significant both on and off the field. “We've had some very big crowds to start the year courtesy of Mr. Cooper,” Souths’ president Tony Shepley told Rugby News. “We had twice as many as we usually get for our two trials and then our first home game on the weekend was huge. In fact, we’ve been working all week to get ready for the next home game. It’s a pretty good problem to have.” After starring for the Australian Schoolboys in 2005 and 2006, Cooper has spent more than a decade in the media spotlight but Shepley said he had nothing but praise for the 70-cap
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