Australian fly-half Quade Cooper is on his way out of Queensland after Brad Thorn lost patience with the highly talented player.
One club that was touted to sign the 29-year-old was English powerhouse Sale Sharks. A strange destination for an Australian superstar, same was thought when James O’Connor joined up with them at the start of this season.
Sale has become a haven for the misunderstood players, these incredibly talented stars that have unfulfilled, untapped potential.
Danny Cipriani rejuvenated his career at Sale, following his largely unsuccessful Australian jaunt. Sale welcomed the brilliance of the fly-half, his running game, varied kicking game and ability to put Sale on the front foot shone.
Cipriani returned to the England set-up prior to the 2015 World Cup and put in some absolutely stunning performances. Cipriani’s return to Wasps was huge and his play-making ability shot Wasps to the Premiership final last season.
James O’Connor’s disciplinary record has even more blemishes on it than Danny Cipriani’s allegations of him attempting to buy cocaine while he was playing for Toulon.
O’Connor is, in this writer’s opinion, one of the most talented players the game has to offer. His ability to play across the back-line make him invaluable.
It doesn’t matter where you play him just that you play him.
He looks happy at Sale, it’s easy to see the similarities with Cipriani. The Aussie arrived looking for a boost, he is a key cog in the Sale wheel. James O’Connor does things not many players can do and he is the key play-maker for his club.
Quade Cooper is all set to be the next rejuvenated star at Sale Sharks can you imagine what Cooper could achieve given the freedom to play and given time away from the Australian media.
Cooper would arrive at an ambitious club full of stars Denny Solomona, Marland Yarde, James O’Connor, Faf de Klerk, Jono Ross and Josh Strauss all featuring heavily for the club.
Cooper would be given whatever he needs and wants to achieve his potential, Sale have done it before given a player the resources to succeed. Cooper would be looked after at Sale that is for sure.
Also, Cooper linking up with De Klerk – now that is something any rugby fan can get excited about.
Fred Blagden, Pundit Arena