Rarely do we see big name rugby union players move to rugby league but that may be the case with exiled Australian Quade Cooper.
A veteran of 70 appearances for the Wallabies and over 100 domestic appearances in RU’s Super Rugby competition, the Daily Mail reported this weekend that a leading Super League club has offered a big money deal to the Auckland born fly half. This follows news that the 29 year old has been told he is no longer needed by his current team, Queensland Reds, as well as his national team’s head coach Michael Cheika making clear he is not part of his plans. Such is the lack of interest in playing Cooper, he is eligible to play for his local amateur club in Brisbane despite being paid almost half a million pounds by Rugby Australia, the governing body of the sport in the country.
It should be noted that, while a Super League club has reportedly bid for the star – and the club itself is unknown – other rugby union clubs are also in for the creative fly half so a move to these shores is far from a done deal.