Alan Jones brings Quade Cooper out of exile
AXED Wallabies five-eighth Quade Cooper has been named in the international Barbarians rugby union squad that will play in Lismore on Tuesday.
He will travel with the side to take on the likes of Lote Tuqiri and Drew Mitchell when the Barbarians play the Classic Wallabies at Crozier Field, Lismore.
Cooper will also captain the Barbarians when they play Michael Cheika's Wallabies on October 28.
The 29-year-old has played 70 games for Australia and has most recently been playing with Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship since he was axed from the Wallabies.
Barbarians coach Alan Jones has named his initial squad for next week which also includes former Western Force captain Matt Hodgson.
The Lismore match represents the radio personality's return to coaching after a 30-year hiatus and his team includes 17 Australian-based players with several being fringe players for the Wallabies.
Between them, Quade Cooper, Matt Hodgson, Pek Cowan, Sam Carter, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Eto Nabuli and Luke Jones have played more than 100 Wallabies Tests.
Nabuli played in the NRL with the St George Illawarra Dragons before making his test debut with the Wallabies against Scotland in June.
"His (Jones) final Lismore run-on side is yet to be named with final inclusions still to come, however with a squad of this calibre any combination is sure to impress the large crowds expected at Crozier Field,” Lismore City Council's tourism and events manager Mitch Lowe said. "He's got some very good talent in his Barbarians line-up and we are expecting a fierce competition. To have this level of elite rugby union being played in Lismore is fantastic for our city and for rugby union fans. It is a match not to be missed.”
The Barbarians will have a final open training run at the Casuarina Beach rugby club on Monday from 3-5pm.
The Barbarians line-up includes Anaru Rangi, Andrew Ready, Augustine Pulu, Chance Peni, Eto Nabuli, George Moala, Isi Naisarani, Jacques Potgieter, Kane Koteka, Luke Jones, Matt Hodgson, Matt Philip, Michael Ruru, Pek Cowan, Quade Cooper, Richard Arnold, Sam Carter, Sam Greene, Sam Ward, Taniela Tupou, Taqele Naiyaravaro, Theo Strang, Tim Nanai-Williams and Tom Banks.
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