Wallabies’ Quade Cooper apologetic for explicit tweet
Quade Cooper has apologized for an expletive-laden tweet he sent out following Australia’s comfortable 34-9 triumph over Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday.
The unpredictable fly-half is thought to have responded badly to an article written by writer Chris Rattue, who was severely critical of Cooper after last weeks’ victory against South Africa.
The New Zealand rugby writer labeled him as “nutty” and a liability for Michael Cheika’s Wallabies.
And Cooper rose to the bait by sending out a tweet saying: “Invite me to you’re next team discussion then ask me how much I give a **** about your team selection? Zero **** given,”
The post was promptly deleted and followed up with an apology: “Apologies for any offensive language used on my Twitter feed. I appreciate the support,” he tweeted.
When speaking to Australian journalists Cooper chatted about his frustrations with the treatment he had received off some of the media: “As footballers, we’re still human beings. We’ve got feelings,” explained the fly-half.
“I bit back at a bit of criticism and I used some language that probably shouldn’t have been used. There was some online criticism directed at me personally.
“I’ve never been one to read into media but this one time it caught my eye. I’m disappointed in myself for getting trapped in that. At the end of the day, it got to me this one time.”
Australia takes on the All Blacks in two weeks’ time in Sydney, with the victor clinching the shortened Rugby Championship.
However, the Wallabies have not beaten New Zealand since August 2011, meaning to have any chance of causing an upset and getting result they will have to avoid any further unnecessary distractions.
Nevertheless, Aussie head coach Michael Cheika has sympathized with Cooper, insisting the fly-half would not face any additional sanctions.
“Obviously we can’t have the language, that’s a mistake. He’s owned up to that. It’s all about discipline and we’re all trying to improve our discipline. [There will be no further action] as far as I’m concerned.
“We can make decisions among ourselves. People make mistakes. I’ve certainly made a few in my time.”