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Cooper eyes Wallabies return through NRC

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Reds and Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper will begin his comeback from injury this weekend after recovering from shoulder surgery.

Cooper has been out of action for four months as the last time he played was in May for the Reds but will feature this weekend in the National Rugby Championship.

The Wallaby playmaker will appear for Brisbane City against Queensland Country on Sunday with the hope that he will be recalled by Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Australia play the Springboks in South Africa this weekend after which they will travel to Argentina to take on the Pumas.

It’s highly unlikely that Cooper will be recalled for next week’s match against Argentina but he could be recalled for the Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks in Brisbane on October the 18th.

Reds flyhalf Cooper said that he was confident that his shoulder would hold up.

“Going through it with the physios and the trainer and making some tackles, it does do wonders for your confidence,” Cooper told AFP.

“The medical staff say everything is right. Now mentally I have to go out there and make sure I am confident.”

Cooper took loonger than expected to recover from the injury but he hopes he can now remain injury free and be recalled for the Wallabies.

“Everyone’s goal is to represent the Wallabies,” he said.

“The pathway is there to come back through Brisbane City, play some good football and hopefully be in contention.”

“Any time you have surgery it’s never going to be back to 100 percent but it feels great,” he said.

“Any injury takes longer than you would have liked. Every rehab has its complications. But every injury is an opportunity to come back bigger and better.”

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