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For the first time since 2017, the Wallabies have named Quade Cooper as flyhalf for their Sunday night showdown against South Africa at CBUS Super Stadium.
Many analysts thought the 33-year-old was initially brought into the squad as a ‘mentor’ – and at most an injury cover – but things have changed over the last couple months.
With travel restrictions limiting replacements and James O’Connor still out of contention due to a busted groin, the Tokoroa Kid is back – and ready to prove himself.
The Springboks are reportedly rushing through new plays today, after it became clear to them that they are going to get humiliated with the step that revolutionised rugby union.
QC admits he has little expectation about whether he would play or not, looking to soak up vital knowledge before heading back to Japan, but refused to give the Betoota Advocate any quotes other than the following two words.
“I’m back” said the 70-test veteran
When asked his thoughts on how the game may have changed since his last crack in the gold jersey, Quade Cooper just told us he was back again, and then kissed his flexed bicep.
“I’m back” he reiterated.
Former Wallaby Lote Tuqiri backed calls for Cooper to start, believing it will assist in the development of Noah Lolesio following a tough series against the All Blacks.
“He’s back” the former winger said on Thursday.
The Wallabies are set to play a near full-strength Springboks side, headlined by the return of Faf De Klerk and Duane Vermeulen – but they are now rapidly readjusting their game plan, knowing full well they are going to get fucken stepped this Sunday.
Coach Jacques Nienaber has made seven changes to his starting line-up, with Cheslin Kolbe set to miss the clash with a leg injury suffered in training.
“There’s a lot to think about” said Nienbar.
“I mean, I don’t need to tell you this but…”
The match will be the second of a double-header at the Gold Coast, with the All Blacks kicking off proceedings against the pretty boys in light blue.
However, all eyes will be on Wallabies backline, because he’s back.