Quade Cooper's attack on the Wallabies sparks angry response from the Australian Rugby Union

Last Updated: 21/11/12 8:44am

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Quade Cooper: Has angered the ARU with his latest outburst

Quade Cooper: Has angered the ARU with his latest outburst

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The Australian Rugby Union has reacted angrily to Quade Cooper's latest outburst regarding the set-up of the national team.

Speaking on Fox Sports, Cooper claimed the Wallabies "environment is destroying me as a person and as a player" and that he would not play for the team again.

The interviewed, broadcasted on The Rugby Club, followed previous comments about a "toxic environment" with the side and criticism of Robbie Deans' tactics and coaching style.

The ARU, though, have been left "utterly confused" by Cooper's attack - with a statement issued on Friday reading: "Quade wants more of a say in the game plan, he wants to play his style of game. He certainly made that clear. Yet he also said he could adapt if required.

"He talks of an unhappy environment without elaborating. He uses the word toxic - an extremely strong descriptor. However, when pressed on the issues he turned to facilities and the Wallabies not having a dedicated place to train. We've never had these concerns raised previously.

"The fact is the Wallabies are a national team. They train, stay and play in cities all around the country and overseas. The Australian cricket team and the Socceroos, same thing.

"Suggesting the Wallabies are under resourced has equally come out of the blue.

"Most disturbingly, he was firm about not playing for the Wallabies unless things change. If that is how he feels, then that is his choice. The reality is a decision on whether or not he stays in Australian Rugby has to this point rested with him since he received an ARU offer in early July."

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