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Cooper: I can't stop the booing

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allblacks.com     22 Aug 2013     Getty Images

Cooper came on late in the second half last Saturday to jeers from Sydney's ANZ Stadium crowd as the All Blacks secured an emphatic 47-29 victory in the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener.

Kiwi fans at the stadium dined out at Cooper's expense as they sought to remind the Tokoroa-born first-five of his standings as the disliked sportsman across the Tasman.

Cooper and the rest of the Australia contingent arrived on Wednesday and told reporters he wasn't sure how to react to calls for the booing to end from his team as well as the All Blacks.

"You take it as it is because...I don't really know how to take that," Cooper said.

"I'm just looking forward to the game and hopefully (we can) get a win over here."

Questions around whether Cooper enjoyed playing the All Blacks, and subsequently facing a hostile New Zealand crowd, were also dealt with in a cool, calm and collected manner from the Australia first five-eighths.

"Obviously [the All Blacks] are the best team in the world and you look forward to playing them and more often than not the atmosphere is always something to look forward to.

"Everyone's entitled to act however they want to act and whether it's appropriate or not I'm not the judge of that," he said.

Coming to New Zealand didn't just mean an expected outpouring of scorn and outcry for Australia No.10. Cooper acknowledged New Zealand was where he was born and that it was still home to a lot of family and friends for him.

"Hopefully come Saturday night we'll put in a good performance and go home to Australia as winners."