Wallabies: Camp under Deans ‘toxic’ — Cooper

2012-09-25 00:00

SYDNEY — Outspoken Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper has criticised the conservative coaching methods and tactics of Robbie Deans, describing the environment within the Australian team as “toxic”.

Cooper (24), sidelined with a knee injury, attacked the Australian Rugby Union and the Wallabies set-up in a series of weekend Twitter posts.

The flyhalf criticised Australia’s boring playing style, warning the Wallabies would continue to lose fans and Bledisloe Tests against New Zealand with conservative tactics.

He said he was allowed to play his maverick attacking game in Super Rugby only for Queensland and might join close friend and All Black Sonny Bill Williams in Australia’s National Rugby League next season.

“I love rugby but there’s s**t going on behind and above the players [that affects] the whole organisation!” Cooper said in one of his tweets.

When a Twitter follower told Cooper he should be allowed to play in his trademark exciting manner, the Reds flyhalf responded with an apparent shot at Deans’s conservative tactics.

“I am allowed from February to May sir,” Cooper said, in reference to his Super Rugby season under Reds coach Ewen McKenzie.

“If people want to go out there and play a boring brand of football then there’s other guys they can pick to do that.”

But Cooper later said the tweets were not solely an attack on Deans, but on the whole Wallabies/ARU set-up — players, selectors, officials and coaches — which he claimed was not as professional as the last year’s Super Rugby champions the Reds.

“There’s a lot of people who are afraid to say what they feel, so they just go along with it and nothing is going to change,” Cooper told Australian Associated Press.

“That’s why I feel so strongly as a player. I don’t want to be involved in the toxic environment and that’s how it is at the moment.”

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