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British Lions: Quade Cooper snubbed from Australia's two-day administration camp

Last Updated: 12/04/13 12:50pm

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Quade Cooper (R): Insists he has no issue with coach Robbie Deans

Quade Cooper (R): Insists he has no issue with coach Robbie Deans

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Quade Cooper insists he has no issue with Wallabies coach Robbie Deans after his surprise omission from Australia's 30-man training camp ahead of this year's British and Irish Lions series.

The Queensland Reds fly-half looks increasingly unlikely to take on Warren Gatland's touring Lions in June after he was overlooked for the Wallabies' two-day administration camp in Sydney.

Cooper and his coach have endured a fractious relationship in previous times with the 25-year-old was fined Aus$60,000 and banned for three games last October for bringing the game into disrepute by criticising Deans.

The Reds star also made headlines when he lashed out on social media at the "toxic" environment within the national squad and the defensive style of the coach.

But Cooper believes there are no lingering problems in his relationship with Deans, who will assemble his players for strategy meetings as well as promotional and administrative tasks.

He told Australian Associated Press: "It's no big issue really because we have a big season ahead of us.

"People are going to look at players differently. It's not the first or the last time you're going to miss out on a side.

"It's like just any other player-coach relationship," Cooper added.

"I've got to do what I can as a player and he has to do what he thinks best as the coach.

"I've got full respect and trust in what he's doing for the team and I'll continue to do what I can for the team I'm part of now, which is the Reds."

With Kurtley Beale currently suspended for off-field disciplinary issues, fellow Melbourne Rebels star James O'Connor is the early favourite to start at No.10 for Australia against the Lions.

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