28 Sep 2012

Wallabies would have Cooper back

6:37 pm on 28 September 2012

The Wallabies coach Robbie Deans maintains the door is still open for first five Quade Cooper despite his ongoing criticism of Australian rugby.

The Australian team continued its build-up for Sunday's Rugby Championship Test against South Africa in Pretoria and didn't want to let Cooper's latest round of comments become a distraction.

The injured 24-year-old, who previously described the environment within the Wallabies as toxic, has made it clear how unhappy he is with the current set-up.

When asked by Fox Sports if he would play for the Wallabies if he wasn't injured and was picked in the side, Cooper said he would not.

However Deans says he'd be happy to have Cooper back in the team and says he's open to talking through the issues with the disillusioned player.