Cooper set to face the music
June 27, 2010
Quade Cooper inspired victory over Ireland © Getty Images
Quade Cooper may have lit up Suncorp Stadium as the Wallabies defeated Ireland on Saturday but the Reds playmaker must this week face the music at a court hearing following his December arrest on burglary charges.
Cooper will appear for a committal hearing at Southport Magistrates Court on Friday, having been cleared to play in this season's Super 14 by the Queensland and Australian unions despite charges hanging over his head.
His form for the Reds was a revelation, leading to his installation as Australia's starting No.10 for June Tests against Fiji, England and Ireland, where he picked up a brace of Man of the Match awards.
"All of his recent experiences have served him well in terms of earthing him and appreciating what he's got and it's shown in a greater maturity," Wallabies boss Robbie Deans told AAP. "It's obviously been a background for a while now so it will be good for him to get it dealt with."
Deans will hope to have Cooper at his disposal for the Tri-Nations, which begins with South Africa's trip to face the All Blacks in Auckland on July 10. The Wallabies' first game falls two weeks later, with the Springboks the visitors to Brisbane.
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