SA View: ‘Rest of rugby world scratches our heads at dismissive treatment of Cooper’

Australia beat the world champions with kicking. Odd sentence? Maybe, but the path forward for the Wallabies was made abundantly clear in their Gold Coast upset. Take the three. Make the three. Box clever. Notch a 50-22. Don’t miss when it matters. Because pressure works both ways. Handre Pollard is a sharpshooter, but he still […]

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‘I love you brother and appreciate everything’: Quade’s beautiful exchange with Sonny Bill after Wallabies heroics

While Australian rugby fans were screaming at their TVs, wishing for nothing more than it to be Saturday night with all the pubs open til dawn, and their South African counterparts were, as Andrew Mehrtens suggested choking ‘on their breakfast steaks’, Quade Cooper had this to stay about that insane climax. “I mean, it’s footy, […]

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Is O’Connor world class? You’d have to say no’

All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens has urged Wallabies selectors to “100 percent” back Noah Lolesio as their No.10 for the 2023 World Cup, while saying James O’Connor is short of being “world class”. Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday, Mehrtens said the selection of Quade Cooper to play against South Africa on Sunday […]

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Everything Hooper said about early captaincy flaws

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper seems as excited as everyone else to see what impact returning playmaker Quade Cooper can have on the team in Sunday’s Rugby Championship clash with South Africa. Hooper reflected on Cooper’s return as well as his own major milestone match, as he prepares to equal George Gregan’s record 59 Tests as […]

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Quade Cooper’s selection is not what the Boks ordered

Millwall Football Club is famous for its terrace chant “nobody likes us, we don’t care”. The Boks have taken that motto to a whole new level the last few months. At least to them, winning really is everything. Despite the polite utterances of respect from Faf de Klerk and others at press conference this week, […]

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