IF QUADE COOPER'S intention was to stir the thick and soupy rugby pot during delicate contract negotiations he well and truly hit his mark.
The injured Wallabies five-eighth's calls have been received with wide-eyed intrigue by the rugby community, members of which are waiting for the frustrated talent to fire the next missive in his as-yet one-sided war with the most powerful figures in Australian rugby.
Whether or not his comments about the ''toxic'' state of the sport are motivated by a desire to get the upper hand in negotiations with the Australian Rugby Union is unclear.
The ARU and the Wallabies are keeping quiet in the face of their former golden boy's sustained attacks while, beyond the briefest of ''not happy'' comments from Reds chief executive Jim Carmichael, Queensland have also shut up shop.
But the world, or at least the ever-dwindling pool of Australian rugby fans, coaches, players and officials, is watching. And a surprising number of them are on Cooper's side.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Khoder Nasser Effect
There's a big stink brewing in Australian rugby circles at the moment, and it surrounds Wallaby first five-eights Quade Cooper. Georgina Robinson from the Sydney Morning Herald reports: