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Quade Cooper signs new 1-year Australia contract

December 12, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — Wallaby and Queensland flyhalf Quade Cooper has signed a one-year contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union that will take him through to the end of 2015, including next year’s Rugby World Cup.

The 26-year-old Cooper has played 53 tests for Australia, three of those from off the bench in the team’s November tour of Europe.

The New Zealand-born Cooper’s play was curtailed by a left shoulder injury this season and he was forced to take seven months off after a right knee injury sustained at the 2011 World Cup.

He’s also had past disciplinary issues with the team, particularly during the coaching tenure of Robbie Deans. He referred to the Wallabies’ “toxic environment” under Deans, and Cooper was fined $40,000 for bringing the game into disrepute.

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