24 Sep 2012

Mercurial Cooper labels Wallabies "toxic"

5:55 am on 24 September 2012

The outspoken Australian rugby playmaker Quade Cooper says he wants to fix what he describes as a "toxic environment" in the Wallabies setup.

Following a series of Twitter posts against the Australian Rugby Union and the national side, Cooper has denied he was attempting to undermine coach Robbie Deans, but he felt the need to speak out about in-house problems within the Wallabies camp.

Cooper was critical of Australia's boring style, claiming he was only allowed to play his exciting game in Super Rugby for Queensland, and he's talked about joining his close friend Sonny Bill Williams in the NRL next season.

But Cooper stressed his love of rugby, and he would continue to play under Deans, who is under pressure to keep his job from Reds coach Ewen McKenzie.

In June Cooper signed a a three-year contract to remain with Queensland.