9 Jan 2013

Quade Cooper focussed at training

10:02 am on 9 January 2013

Queensland Reds director of coaching Ewen McKenzie says Quade Cooper has never appeared more focussed at rugby training despite the mercurial play maker set to make his boxing debut next month.

Cooper agreed to fight on the undercard of good mate and fellow sport-hopper Sonny Bill Williams in Brisbane next month before settling his differences with the Australian Rugby Union and signing a two-year deal.

But McKenzie has only had good things to say about boxing's influence on the first five who appears ready for a big super rugby season after the controversies of 2012 when he made his disillusionment with the Wallabies environment public.

McKensie says the quality of Cooper's rugby training has been outstanding and he seems in a very good space.