Australia suffer Quade Cooper blow
September 18, 2012
Quade Cooper will sit out the rest of the Rugby Championship © Getty Images
Australian fly-half Quade Cooper will miss the rest of the Rugby Championship due to a knee injury.
Cooper has started Australia's last three matches in the fly-half berth after making his comeback from a knee injury suffered in the 2011 World Cup bronze medal match with Wales. But the Australian Rugby Union claim that he has "a small chip of articular cartilage in his right knee" - the same knee that he injured back in October - that requires attention.
The ARU also reveal that Cooper will require an operation to clean up the injury but they are optimistic that he will be fit for their November tour to Europe. But he will definitely miss their final two matches in the Championship which come against South Africa at Loftus Versveld on September 29 and Argentina on October 6 in Rosario.
It is likely, in Cooper's absence, that Berrick Barnes will revert back to fly-half after being shifted to fullback for their match with Argentina last Saturday and inside centre before that. Barnes starred for Australia in their three Test series with Wales back in June and started all of the games at fly-half for Robbie Deans' side.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"I am bored of hearing 'I can't fault the effort'. Let us take that for granted and look for some quality." John Taylor writes
Reports comparing the 2014 Wallabies with their rabble-like predecessors of 2005 are unfair and self-serving, Greg Growden reports
Wales did the All Blacks a favour with their best effort against New Zealand for many years, for 68 minutes at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Craig Dowd writes
In the wake of another perfect November series, Monday Maul talks to NZRU CEO Steve Tew about the constant demand for perfection