Australian rugby’s bad boy, Quade Cooper, today voiced his confusion over why New Zealand rugby fans continually boo him. Despite having scored several cheap shots on All Black’s skipper Richie McCaw over the years, Quade maintains he’s balanced those transgressions in other ways that should have Kiwis cheering for him.
“It really baffles me,” Quade was quoted as saying to the Sydney Morning Herald’s Melissa Wood. “Sure I’ve kneed, elbowed and punched Richie a few times, but I’ve also made sure I put in some truly horrible performances in the Wallabies number 10 jersey against the All Blacks. I mean, who can forget that semi-final performance at Eden Park where I put the kick-off straight into touch and pretty much couldn’t catch a ball or make a tackle all night?”
Quade also indicated that much of the turmoil within the Wallabies camp over the past two years was down to his secret loyalty to the All Blacks. “I also put a lot of effort into making sure that Robbie Deans was as pissed off as possible when I tweeted about his toxic environment. We all know Deans has a bit of a temper and holds a grudge. That sort of thing made sure that Deans wasn’t focusing all of his effort on coaching, instead he had to worry about managing me, James O’Connor and Kurtley Beale.”
“That’s why I don’t get the booing,” Quade said, “It’s pretty much like I’m the All Black’s 16th man on the field with how badly I play against them.”
When pressed further about his divided loyalties, Quade declined to answer any more questions, instead saying he had to “see a mate about selling a couple of hot laptops.”