Quade Cooper will return to the boxing ring in the near future.
Yesterday the Queensland Reds announced the return of Quade Cooper after the mercurial fly half’s ill-fated stay at Toulon.
Although the Melbourne Rebels were also said to be interested in the 59 times capped Wallaby international, Cooper’s decision to rejoin the Reds came as little surprise.
However, what has alarmed many Australian rugby fans is his desire to return to the boxing ring in the near future. Although Cooper previously fought two opponents in the ring, ARU chief Bill Pulver publicly stated that he ‘wasn’t a huge fan of it’.
Pulver offered his opinion in late 2013, while the ARU and Cooper were negotiating the terms of a new contract. Talks which ultimately failed as the fly half joined Toulon.
Nevertheless, such sentiment appears to be water under the bridge, after Cooper signed a new deal with the ARU and the Reds.
Indeed, Queenland coach, Nick Stiles, argued that the decision to allow Cooper re-enter the ring will enable to playmaker ‘to be at the peak of physical fitness’. In an interview with Fox Sports, Stiles went further, claiming the franchise are ‘here to help him and encourage along the way in that endeavour’.
All that remains is for Cooper to find an opponent to fight in the coming year.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena