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Cooper commits to Australian Super Rugby until 2019


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Quade Cooper will return to Super Rugby in 2017 after signing with the Australian Rugby Union until 2019.

Cooper has returned to Australia after a single season with Toulon and has committed his playing future to Australian Rugby until the next World Cup.

However, Cooper is on no rush to announce whether he has signed for the Rebels in Melbourne or his former team the Reds in Brisbane where he still has a home.

A delay in the Reds finalising their coaching staff for next season appears to be behind Cooper’s Super Rugby contract being finalised.

Cooper has already started training for the Rugby Championship and a Wallabies camp next week after a month’s holiday in Europe.

“For me, my heart is here and I’m always going to be wanting to play here,” Cooper told the Courier Mail during a solo kicking session at Ballymore.

“I’m swaying towards playing in Queensland but I’ve got to make an educated decision,” Cooper said.

“Obviously, who is to coach the Reds is a big thing because you don’t want to make a call on whispers one way or the other.”

The Queensland Rugby Union could announce who will their coach will be for next season as early as Monday.

Current Crusaders boss Todd Blackadder has been linked to the job as well as the current caretaking duo of Nick Stiles and Matt O’Connor.

Who coaches the Reds is important to the Cooper as he says that his former Reds coach Richard Graham wasn’t the right man for the job.

“Richard is a good person, the effort was there and he did an amazing job as a skills coach when he was at the Wallabies. But head coaching is different,” Cooper said.

“It was just not the right fit and I wasn’t enjoying it.”

While Australia has five Super Rugby franchises only two appear to be in the running for Cooper’s signature but since he has a house in Brisbane the Reds seems to be the most likely.

“I’m not now playing the Reds off against the Rebels.”

“The Rebels have been professional and just said if something is going to draw you away from Queensland, it’s what we can offer as a rugby program.”

Cooper then added that the Reds recruitment of Wallaby stars Stephen Moore and George Smith was a strong move.

“They are excellent players, there is a foundation of a good young guys at the Reds and the last piece is a good culture which is the glue for everything,” Cooper said.

“I’m 28 and I don’t want to waste another day of my career because of my own doing or someone else.

“I’ve committed to Australian rugby for the next three years and the only gap missing on the piece of paper is ‘Super Rugby club?’

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