Quade Cooper set for shock Wallabies comeback

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Sonny Bill Williams has got his privation with Quade Cooper acceptable to marque a sensational comeback for the Wallabies connected the Gold Coast connected Sunday.

Two-time Rugby World Cup champion Williams said helium was "baffled" by Cooper's omission for Australia's 38-21 nonaccomplishment to the All Blacks successful Perth past weekend.

Young Noah Lolesio again struggled to asseverate himself astatine five-eighth and Wallabies manager Dave Rennie has yet mislaid patience up of the Rugby Championship clash with the satellite champion Springboks.

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Quade Cooper astatine Wallabies grooming Camp astatine Sanctuary Cove. (Getty)

Cooper, 33, hasn't played a Test since 2017 but bolted backmost into the framework erstwhile Rennie added him to the squad arsenic wounded screen for James O'Connor.

"The non-selection that baffled maine earlier the crippled was the non-selection of Quade Cooper," Williams said connected Stan Sport's post-game sum past weekend.

"I cognize that it mightiness beryllium biased coming from my lips, due to the fact that I'm adjacent to him but conscionable from a rugby constituent of view, what helium tin add...

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Quade Cooper and Sonny Bill Williams during the 2016 Sydney Sevens. (Getty)

"Brother Reece (Hodge), he's Mr Fix-It, he's a large subordinate but I deliberation successful presumption of unlocking this large All Blacks defence, Quade is your man."

The afloat Wallabies squad volition beryllium named aboriginal today.

Cooper's enactment wholly changes the complexion of the backline with his acquisition and immense array of tricks.

Quade Cooper of the Wallabies looks connected from the seat astatine Eden Park. (Getty)

The mercurial five-eighth present plays nine rugby successful Japan but volition find abstraction and opportunities overmuch harder to travel by against the notoriously stingy South Africa defence.

Cooper told reporters past week that helium wasn't fazed by being overlooked for selection.

"It hasn't been a absorption of excavation astatine all." Cooper said.

Quade Cooper during Wallabies grooming astatine Mount Smart Stadium. (Getty)

"I didn't travel into the squad reasoning 'I person to play a Test.

"If I tin turn arsenic a rugby player, instrumentality that backmost to Japan, that's a large reward for myself.

"Anything other extracurricular of that is simply a bonus."

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Rennie said past week that Cooper went adjacent to enactment for the 3rd Bledisloe Cup Test successful Perth.

"We looked astatine the information that he's contributing truly well, he's grooming good arsenic well," Rennie said.

"We were keen to bring Samu (Kerevi) in, we thought a mates of changes successful the wrong backs for some guys who haven't had a batch of clip successful the situation we thought that was excessively much.

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"We wanted to backmost Noah. He's played a batch of bully footy for us.

"There was a batch of treatment successful and astir that presumption due to the fact that of the acquisition that Quade tin bring.

"And again, he's missed retired connected enactment but he's been fantastic.

"He's contributing to grooming truly well."

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