Quade Cooper to lead Baabaas against Wallabies


cooperREJECTED playmaker Quade Cooper will get the chance for revenge against Michael Cheika when he captains the Alan Jones-coached Barbarians against the national team later this month.

Jones announced on his 2GB radio show this morning that Cooper would lead his side, having been left out of the Wallabies’ squad for the entire Rugby Championship tournament.

The Wallabies will play the Barbarians at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on October 28, and Jones is clearly looking for an attack-minded team to pull off an upset against Cheika’s men.

Jones interviewed Cooper on his show and urged him to bring his creative flair.

“That’s what I love doing, I’m going to be up there doing my best to attack from everywhere and really making it entertaining for the fans,” Cooper said.

The Wallabies play the All Blacks in Brisbane the weekend before the Baabaas showdown, and are then off for their month-long spring tour, so it would surprise if Foley started against Cooper in the game.

Cooper has been forced to play in the NRC for Brisbane City while the Wallabies have been taking on New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.

It’s expected that Jones will name several other former Wallabies in his squad, as well as some international stars.