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Deans holds no grudge against Cooper

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James Mortimer     26 Sep 2012     Getty Images

Cooper, who was cut from The Investec Rugby Championship tour squad for the Wallabies due to a knee injury, has recently vented his displeasure with aspects of the Wallabies via Twitter and local media.

Deans, speaking from the team's base in the Republic ahead of their Round Five match against the Springboks, didn't answer to comments regarding Cooper's postings on Twitter, but told AAP that the star would be part of the side in the future.

"Absolutely (Cooper would be welcome back)," Deans said.

Like Wallabies utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper said earlier in the week, Cooper's comments and ensuing media attention hasn't distracted the team, who will be looking for their second win on the highveld in 49 years this weekend.

"There hasn't been any distractions for the group to be fair and I'd rather not comment," Deans said.

With Cooper undergoing knee surgery, which could also rule him out of the Wallabies end of year tour, Deans said that he had sent his best wishes to the Queensland number ten for a quick recovery.

"We care about our players," he said.

"You're only young once and you only get this opportunity in the game once and we want the best for all of them."

As for Cooper's 'strong comments' Deans said he welcomed open debate about the state of rugby.

"Robust conversation is a critical part of the game," Deans said.