John O'Neill comments regarding Quade
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Deans responded after the interview saying that he would still welcome Cooper back to the international fold, although Cooper's Red contract is still to have it's ARU component confirmed.
Originally the ARU said they would contact Cooper and ask for a "please explain" in regards to his comments previous to his appearance on The Rugby Club.
O'Neill said the following in a statement.
“In light of Quade’s interview last night, we feel compelled to respond because he has moved beyond his comments of the weekend.
“Much of what was said on The Rugby Club has left us utterly confused.
“Quade wants more of a say in the game plan, he wants to play his style of game.
“He certainly made that clear. Yet he also said he could adapt if required.
“He talks of an unhappy environment without elaborating.
“He uses the word toxic – an extremely strong descriptor.
“However, when pressed on the issues he turned to facilities and the Wallabies not having a dedicated place to train.
“We’ve never had these concerns raised previously.
“The fact is the Wallabies are a national team. They train, stay and play in cities all around the country and overseas.
“The Australian cricket team and the Socceroos, same thing.
“Suggesting the Wallabies are under resourced has equally come out of the blue.
“Most disturbingly, he was firm about not playing for the Wallabies unless things change.
“If that is how he feels, then that is his choice.
“The reality is a decision on whether or not he stays in Australian Rugby has to this point rested with him since he received an ARU offer in early July.”
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