23 May 2013

Former Wallabies captain offers advice to coach

6:27 am on 23 May 2013

The Wallabies' great Andrew Slack believes coach Robbie Deans should come clean and explain that Quade Cooper's controversial omission from his Test squad is due to last year's "toxic" outburst at Australian rugby officialdom.

And Slack warned the under-pressure Wallabies coach that he quickly needs to forgive and forget if he wants to beat the British and Irish Lions - and hold onto his job.

In a website article, Australia's 1984 Grand Slam-winning skipper labelled Deans a flawed selector and felt the "flimsy" reasons he'd given for the Cooper's non-selection failed to hit the mark.

Deans could still include Cooper in his final 31-man squad when he adds six more players within the next two weeks.