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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Quade Cooper - Public Enemy Number One in New Zealand

Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper has had a tough tournament so far. The Waikato native has been anything but the all singing, all dancing performer he was for the Reds in Super Rugby. He's off form, and the Kiwis haven't given him an inch.

Sparked by his mini-feud with All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, Cooper has become public enemy number one in New Zealand. He's been booed at every match of the tournament. He's not in the good books. The message? Mess with Richie, and we'll mess with you.

Whether that has affected his game, or it's been other factors, only the man himself will know. What is evident though is that he's been far from himself, and under pressure not only goes into his shell and fails to deliver what he's been known for, but he also makes mistakes, bad ones.

To beat the Wallabies you've got to rattle Cooper and get Will Genia's forward pack going backwards. Ireland did it, South Africa almost did it last week, and you can be sure that the All Blacks will be targetting the immensely talented halfback combo tomorrow.

Kurtley Beale is out, injured, so Australia lose a bit of firepower there. Anthony Fainga'a comes into the midfield though, which means they tighten up on their already impressive defense. Cooper will be targeted, but with Dan Carter out and Aaron Cruden in, he may just step up.

The entertaner is due a big game and tomorrow will be a true test of the man, as a hostile and unforgiving Eden Park do all they can to prevent him from bringing out his bag of tricks.

This fascinating clip from ITV looks at the way Kiwis view him in New Zealand.

Posted at 6:00 pm | 22 comments

Quade Cooper cited for knee in Richie McCaw's face

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mendorugger October 15, 2011 8:07 pm

The fact that he has hardly shown up for the RWC says it all. Dead man talking. No real spine, all shots are dirty, and I wont be surprised to see one of the tight five give him a good bashing for any misconduct. where the rubber meets the road, talk is cheap, its in the doing not the saying. Cooper has not shown much of anything this tourney and the Aussies aught to make him give the money back for his plane ticket.

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balanza October 15, 2011 10:14 pm

he doesn't need a plane, he's already at home ;)

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i love bacon October 15, 2011 10:28 pm

I wonder if anyone on the Wallaby coaching staff regrets not having Giteau for the bench?

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mujaliva October 15, 2011 10:48 pm

Fancy the Kiwis seems a bit embarresed that a little flyhalf sorted McCaw out. Twice already....hahahaha

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Kiwi Jake October 17, 2011 5:32 pm

Ha ha ha that little flyhalf got dealt severely Sunday night! That's what happens when you TRY to run with the big boys...

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OzFan4life April 21, 2012 3:50 am

I guess they were pretty much embarrassed that McCaw got a hit by ozzies flyhalf...Twice...lmao....he became NZ #1 public enemy.....poor guy guy was taunted thru out the whole tourney.....

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RamRugby10 October 16, 2011 12:13 am

David Campese-- get a life.... Again...

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Anarchangel October 16, 2011 12:43 am

Well he takes the pressure off Genia to be the most annoying guy on the field, the usual halfback duty. In fact, I always forget he's a 1st five; reminds me of a dirty version of Gregan.

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anyonebutnz October 16, 2011 1:46 am

After all the cheap shots from the All Blacks over the years I think it is HILARIOUS that kiwis are bitching about a player having a go at McCaw. Typical arrogant NZ fans; the only thing I'd like to see more than the allblacks losing today is the look on your faces when it happens.

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mendorugger October 16, 2011 7:20 am

Home is a place your always welcome, dont think that skinny little twerp is welcome in NZ. As far as being a Kiwi, or an All Black fan, I am neither. I just dont care for dirty play. He obviously cant do anything to anyone other than run from, or run around them, when that gets stifled he takes a cheap shot when a man is down or not looking. I dont care what flag you call your own, thats a universal definition of a coward. Notice no comments were made in response to him being a non factor? the guy has not even shown up to play.

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dry-your-tears October 16, 2011 2:45 am

all you kiwis need to get real,your poor little captain (decent sized forward) is getting bullied by our little number 10...richie is just too good at shit stirring and u dont see any of the shit he is doing at the bottom of rucks...as for campo i am embarrassed he is an aussie...your career is over mate stop shit talking our players to try stay in the spot light..."play as a team" flamboyant attacking winger who couldnt tackle for shit...pfffft

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UHtiger October 16, 2011 6:57 am

Its not about being bullied, its about cooper being a dirty bastard. Mccaw knows that if he retalliates he'll get sent son he leaves it up to the refs but nothing is ever done.

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mendorugger October 16, 2011 7:17 am

Home is a place your always welcome, dont think that skinny little twerp is welcome in NZ. As far as being a Kiwi, or an All Black fan, I am neither. I just dont care for play. He obviously cant do anything to anyone other than run from, or run around them, when that gets stifled he takes a cheap shot when a man is down or not looking. I dont care what flag you call your own, thats a universal definition of a coward. Notice no comments were made in response to him being a non factor? the guy has not even shown up to play.

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Just Call Me Ehtch October 16, 2011 7:26 am

Go Oz. Win it. nigel owens will truely help you in the final, if he get's the gig.

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JG October 16, 2011 11:40 am

Perfect start and end to the game, Quade kicks the very first kick out on the full, and the then in the last act of the game gets thrown out into the sideline. The guy is a dirty and arrogant player and I have no respect for him. I feel for the likes of Elsom & all of the other quality Wallaby players that have to put up with this guy in their team, I am sure they will all be embarrased by him.

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mendorugger October 16, 2011 1:09 pm

As I said before, Cooper is a non factor. No chatter from the cooper fans this time. Well played game by Australia though, hard fought all the way through, just how a semi final should be. Disappointed it wont be the Welsh playing the All Blacks though, but we have the IRB to thanks for that. Congrats to NZ

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katman October 17, 2011 8:03 am

Look, Quade is a schmuck who deserves all this bad press. Personally, I’m delighted he’s had a nightmare tournament. But what grates me almost as much is this teenage girl crush that everyone has on McCaw. He’s probably the nicest bloke out there, but when I hear all this “you touch our Richie” rubbish, I just can’t side with him. It’s this kind of media and public adulation that has made him virtually untouchable. I find it as sentimental as a Sandra Bullock rom com.

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Chino October 17, 2011 10:48 am

Katman I see where you're coming from with McCaw but (guessing from your avatar) as a South African, rugby probably doesn't have such a hold over the nation. In New Zealand rugby is our livelihood, our religion. We see Richie McCaw as a leader and an incredibly well natured Kiwi. So when we see him taking cheap shots, we will have his back like hes our own blood. But respect to your argument all the same.

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Juggernauter October 18, 2011 3:22 am

Jeez guys chill out.. lots of keyboard warriors in here, I'd like to see you out there playing in the biggest stage, see if you'd be struggling to back a strong Super Rugby season with all the pressure that involves...

So, every soprt needs personalities. Back wwhen the Reds were creating havock in SR and Cooper's brilliance was shown here in RD, I'd bet every one of you was praising Quade and now you're all spitting shit at him...

Ok he may not be as consistent or focused or likeable as O'Driscoll, Warburton or Carter, but he's a good player and if you guys just believe everything you hear on the press then you may as well believe that the world will end in 2012.

Just enjoy our awesome game!! And thank the Lord for rugby

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amurphy97 January 06, 2012 4:24 pm

hes a genius but he had a shocker of a world cup :/

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Romybb12 January 20, 2012 11:19 pm

Geez take a break Newzealanders.I think ur all afraid to lose.

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iamashrimp April 10, 2012 11:06 am

It's not like McCaw's innocent he probably does that every match and worse but we just don't see it.

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