23 Feb 2013

Quade Cooper not concerned about response from old teammates

9:19 am on 23 February 2013

The controversial rugby player Quade Cooper doesn't believe he'll be targeted any more than usual tonight when he comes up against a host of Australian teammates he annoyed last year.

Five months on from his scathing attack on the Wallabies culture, labelling the team environment "toxic", the Queensland Reds playmaker knows he'll have a big target on his back in the Suncorp Stadium clash with the New South Wales Waratahs.

The Waratahs team is stacked with Australian squad members from the time and many were livid with his comments, which subsequently cost him a $40,000 fine.

The 38-Test five-eighth, who must unseat good friend Kurtley Beale to win back the Wallabies' No.10 jersey for the British and Irish Lions series, didn't expect the Waratahs' Test stars to be gunning any harder at him.

Cooper has met with Test coach Robbie Deans to rebuild bridges and was also included in the Wallabies' logistics camp last month but wasn't sure if he'd been forgiven or the slate had been wiped clean.