26 Nov 2012

Quade Cooper set to folllow in SBW's footsteps

6:35 am on 26 November 2012

Media reports from here and across the Tasman suggest the Australian first five eighth Quade Cooper is set to follow rugby World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams into the professional boxing ring.

Williams is expected to sit alongside Cooper at a news conference in Brisbane today when he announces he will fight on the undercard of Williams' bout with South African Francois Botha, according to a report in the Sunday Telegraph.

The 24-year-old's future with Australia could also be revealed, with the talented playmaker yet to announce if he has signed a new contract with the Australian Rugby Union.

Last week reports from Australia said the controversial Cooper, who had previously described the Wallabies camp as a 'toxic environment', would not renew his contract after being offered an insentive-based deal usually awarded to fringe squad members.

Cooper was fined about $48,000 for his comments which capped a disappointing 12 months as the New Zealand-born player fell drastically from his perch as key Wallaby figure to an injury-prone sideshow.

The Queensland Reds fulcrum has since been linked with a move to either the lucrative Japanese or French leagues when his deal ends at the end of the year.

There has also been speculation of a possible switch of codes and a spell in Australian rugby league, where Williams has signed up to play next year.