Rugby Championship: Cooper looking for positive impact

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Quade Cooper says he wants to prove he can have a positive impact on Australia squad after being recalled for upcoming Rugby Championship.

The fly-half hasn’t played for the Wallabies since he publically criticised former boss Robbie Deans, describing the atmosphere within the camp under the Kiwi as “toxic” following a number of fall-outs between the players and staff.

His comments saw him miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to face the British & Irish Lions, with James O’Connor being preferred at number 10 as the Aussies went down 2-1 in the series, an outcome that cost Deans his job.

Ewen McKenzie is the man who has been brought in to replace him and he has already spoken of his desire to bring pride back to the shirt.

McKenzie most recently coached Cooper at Super Rugby level with the Queensland Reds and it was always thought that one of his first moves would be to recall the talented playmaker.

Australia begin their Rugby Championship campaign against New Zealand on August 17 and the Auckland-born star is now looking to work hard in training in order to win his place back in the side.

“You have to do what’s required for the team,” said Cooper. “From my point of view, I just want to contribute whatever is asked of me as a player and as a team-mate.

“I’ve been named in the squad and just continue to work hard. Hopefully that can see me secure a spot in the team. Whether I’m involved in the line-up to face the All Blacks or not, I just want be a good contributor for the team.”

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