Cooper training again

QUEENSLAND and Wallaby inside back Quade Cooper has been permitted to return to Reds training following an incident on the Gold Coast.

Cooper has been ordered to undergo a personal development and counselling program before he is considered for selection by the Reds and Wallabies.

The action plan agreed last month between representatives from Queensland Rugby, the ARU and the Rugby Union Players’ Association is aimed at addressing a number of off-field issues for Cooper last year.

His progress is being monitored and will be reviewed in early February before any further decisions are made on his immediate playing future.

Cooper underwent minor knee surgery soon after his return from the recent Wallaby tour and is in the final stages of his recovery from that.

Reds head coach Ewen McKenzie said Cooper had been eased back into training ahead of the return to duty of his fellow Wallabies on Monday.

“Quade has made good progress on the medical front, so he should be ready to fully participate either this week or next week,” McKenzie said.

“As far as his eligibility to play is concerned that decision will be made later, based on his progress in following the program set down for him.”

Cooper is due to face court in July following his arrest on the Gold Coast last month. Once the legal process has taken its course, the issue of his arrest will be referred to a disciplinary tribunal formed by the QRU under the ARU Code of Conduct.

The Reds are preparing for their first trial match, against the Waratahs at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on January 23.

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