Yet to make Super Rugby return, Quade Cooper a professional rugby player whose preferred position is at first five eighth, is already back on the Wallabies radar after linking up with the national camp in Sydney.
Cooper hasn’t played for the Wallabies since June 2017 when he last featured against Scotland and was overlooked for the rest of the squads in that year but he is among a group that arrived in the camp for the weekend.
Aspiring to play his way back in, he spent the past 12 months playing for Souths in Brisbane club rugby, and also starred for Brisbane City in the NRC and finally agreed to a new Super Rugby deal with the Rebels in November.
While he was initially keen to stay in Queensland, in club rugby if necessary, but the move to Melbourne was in part due to his desire to return to the Wallabies fold.
“Every player that is playing the game… whether that be Super Rugby, grass roots, you’re at school, the ambition is to represent your country,” he said.
Australia’s World Cup squad is far from bedded down with Super Rugby yet to begin and more than eight months until their first World Cup match against Fiji.