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Cooper aiming to return for Rugby Championship

Quade Cooper hopes to feature for the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship

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Article Published: Thursday 22 May 2014|

Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper has revealed that he hopes to make his return from rugby towards the end of Rugby Championship.

The Rugby Championship's final round of matches is on the 4th of October but there is a round on the 27th of September.

Cooper will have surgery this week after injuring his shoulder playing for the Reds against the Rebels in Brisbane.

The Wallabies playmaker will also have doctors clean up loose cartilage in his hip in the operation.

The shoulders injury ended Cooper's Super Rugby season and has also ruled him out of Australia's three-Test series against France, with fears that he will also miss the entire Rugby Championship.

Cooper has however told Fox Sports that he hopes to appear in the Wallabies' fourth Rugby Championship match against Argentina on the Gold Coast on September 13.

That means he would be available for the final three games in the Rugby Championship, as well as the Bledisloe Cup decider against New Zealand on October 18.

"(The Rugby Championship) is something I've got to keep in mind," he said.

"But at the same time ... it's a process I've got to take week by week, and how I heal is still yet to be seen.

"I'll be doing all the right things to put myself in a good position to get back into playing rugby as soon as possible."

Wallabies coach Ewen MacKenzie is due to announce his squad for the France series on Thursday and he will have to name a replacement for Cooper in the squad.

Former fly-half Stephen Larkham who is now the Brumbies coach has been pushing for Matt Toomua to replace Cooper.

"Even if Quade was there, I think Matty should be in front of him anyway," said Larkham, the Brumbies coach.

"I'd suggest that you'd have to go with current form of Super Rugby, which would indicate a strong combination from the Brumbies."

That means Larkham would like to see Christian Lealiifano next to Toomua at No.12 and then Tevita Kuridrani at outside centre.

As well as Toomua, Waratahs duo Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale are the contenders to take Cooper's spot for the opening Test against France on June 7.

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