Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Australian fly half Quade Cooper.
Australian fly half Quade Cooper.

Like Pietersen, Cooper can't stay out of trouble

Even while lying relatively low following the recent storm, Quade Cooper managed to be dragged back into the mire this week.

Some people have an innate ability to rub others the wrong way. And, it seems, such bete noires can be easy to typecast.

Even while lying relatively low following the recent storm, Quade Cooper managed to be dragged back into the mire this week when Richie McCaw's autobiography was released.

"Players like Quade get sorted," the New Zealand captain writes in his book about his long-running feud with the Australia fly-half.

"Sooner or later they get their beans."

Quite. Such as now, with his career in limbo, because it is not easy being him within Australian rugby. A star player with a big ego and itchy Twitter finger slams the team environment, thus making his position as a good as untenable. Where have we heard this one before?

Cooper and cricket's Kevin Pietersen have a lot more in common than simply representing a different country to that in which they were born and having Maori pe'a on their shoulders.

Each is the most watchable player in their respective field when at the peak of their powers. And each has an uncanny knack of engendering mistrust within their own playing ranks - usually via social media - as well as a fair hint of loathing in their country of birth.

Pietersen was also dragged back into a furore which he hoped had passed this week. But at least he has that exciting-sounding process of reintegration to look forward to. Beyond his own rehabilitation, Cooper's future remains cloudy.

Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 An Egyptian Orthodox Christian priest give communion during the Palm Sunday service inCairo, Egypt. Mohamed El-Shahed / AFP

Region in focus - April 18, 2014

The best images of the last seven days from around the Gulf and across the Middle East.

 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

Video: Local reactions to a national fishing ban

A federal fishing ban has been imposed by the UAE federal government, but local authorities are taking diiferent approaches to implementing the ban. Two fishermen tell two very different sides of the story. Produced by Paul O'Driscoll

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 The cast of Fast & Furious 7, including Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, centre, on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National