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04:05  05 july  2019
04:05  05 july  2019 Source:   rugbypass.com

Forgotten rugby star joins Wallabies

Forgotten rugby star joins Wallabies James O’Connor has completed the first part of the piece that is his return to rugby in Australia. The 44-test Wallaby was spotted today training with the national squad, under the watchful eye of Head Coach, Michael Cheika, in Brisbane. The 28-year-old’s presence at the training session indicates he has signed a contract with Rugby Australia, but no announcement has been made because details are still being worked out for his return to Ballymore to play for the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

Michael Cheika has chosen just two fly - halves for Australia' s Rugby Championship squad , but fans feel the excluded Quade Cooper should have got a look-in ahead of the Fans are upset that Quade Cooper has been excluded from the latest Wallabies squad (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images).

Michael Cheika has chosen just two fly - halves for Australia' s Rugby Championship squad , but fans feel the excluded Quade Cooper should have got a look-in ahead of the Fans are upset that Quade Cooper has been excluded from the latest Wallabies squad (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images).

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Two of the most interesting stories in this Super Rugby season have been the comebacks of fly-halves Christian Leali’ifano and Quade Cooper.

Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
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This was Leali’ifano’s comeback season in southern hemisphere rugby after being diagnosed with leukemia in August 2016, while Cooper returned to Super Rugby with the Rebels after being completely dropped from the Reds last season and forced to play club rugby.

As the season progressed, both players staked legitimate claims to be selected for the Wallabies. Cooper started the season in sensational form, as the Rebels soared to the top end of the table. However, their season – and his – lost momentum and spiralled out of control.

Cooper, Phipps snubbed in first Wallabies squad

Cooper, Phipps snubbed in first Wallabies squad Quade Cooper and Nick Phipps have missed out on selection for the Wallabies' first Rugby Championship squad after Christian Leali'ifano and Nic White were preferred.

Cooper , Phipps snubbed in first Wallabies squad . QUADE Cooper ’ s five Tests beside Bernard Foley last year only reinforced how important it is for Queensland to swamp the Will Genia 's rousing second- half against the Springboks has been rewarded with a recall to the Wallabies starting side for

Hipwood sparks Lions to AFL win over Dees: Gawn hits out at Dees critics after Dockers win Melbourne star Max Gawn has responded afte Michael Cheika has chosen just two fly - halves for Australia' s Rugby Championship squad , but fans feel the excluded Quade Cooper should have got a

Conversely, Leali’ifano’s season went from strength to strength, as he guided the Brumbies to the semi-finals. Consequently, he has got the nod from Michael Cheika alongside Bernard Foley to represent Australia again this Rugby Championship at the expense of Cooper.

Many fans are dismayed by this decision, believing Cooper should be a part of the squad. While his form did drop towards the end of the season, many feel the 70-cap international’s showings at the beginning of the season were good enough to be selected, with the additional bonus of his club partnership with Will Genia.

However, the consensus seems to be that Cooper should not be selected at the expense of Leali’ifano but rather Foley. The Waratah has been a favourite of Cheika’s over the past four years and it would be a major statement to drop him now, but the fans feel he has not warranted a place this season.

The Waratahs had a dismal Super Rugby campaign and Foley failed to sparkle. He has never been the most adventurous or attacking fly-half, which seems to go against the DNA of the Wallabies.

However, he has always been the dependable option for Cheika during his tenure as head coach. This is what the fans have said:

Cheika has gone with just the two fly-halves, presumably looking at Matt Toomua as a back-up option or even Kurtley Beale.

This is unlikely to be the squad for the World Cup, as injuries occur and some players come back from spells on the sidelines, but it is an indication of what is to come. While it was a dream comeback season for Leali’ifano, Cooper fell just short.

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Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallabies squad sparks heated fly-half debate
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