22 Nov 2012

Former coach tells ARU to reconsider Cooper

11:47 am on 22 November 2012

A former World Cup-winning Australian rugby coach has warned the Australian Rugby Union not to throw disruptive playmaker Quade Cooper out the door just yet.

Cooper will reportedly hold a press conference next week to announce he is leaving Australian rugby after being offered a downgraded, incentive-based contract by the ARU.

However, that hasn't stopped Queensland Reds boss Rod McCall from planning talks with ARU chairman Michael Hawker, who will return from London on Thursday.

McCall says he will ask the ARU to reconsider the contract offer.

And the former Australian rugby coach Bob Dwyer says offering Cooper a rookie-level contract after fining him for describing the Wallabies as "a toxic environment" was a bad look for the ARU.

Dwyer says it's not right Cooper has been punished twice for one crime.