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Cooper decides against appeal

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Sportal.co.nz     19 Jul 2012     Getty Images

Star playmaker Quade Cooper has decided against appealing his one-match suspension.

The Queensland club were still mulling over whether or not to try and get Cooper off his high-tackle charge against Waratahs star Berrick Barnes right up until Wednesday evening in a bid to have the Wallabies fly-half available on Saturday.

But they have since chosen not to challenge judicial officer Paul Tully's original finding, after a marathon hearing on Monday, for fear of creating too much of a distraction for the rest of the team.

Cooper confirmed the news via Twitter on Wednesday night, saying: "I won't be appealing the 1 match suspension as I don't want to be a distraction to the teams prep. That's all...don't forget I love u all."

Cooper would have risked a three-week ban if he appealed and lost.