Lions in Australia: Fly-half Quade Cooper set for second Wallabies snub

Last Updated: 11/06/13 10:22am

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Quade Cooper: Backed by Queensland Reds boss Ewen McKenzie

Quade Cooper: Backed by Queensland Reds boss Ewen McKenzie

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Quade Cooper will not be part of Australia's squad to take on the Lions.

Robbie Deans made the controversial call to omit the fly-half from an initial 25-man party last month, and the Wallabies coach has confirmed Cooper will not be among six players added to the squad this week.

Cooper captained the Queensland Reds side which was narrowly beaten by the Lions at the weekend in a match billed as his final audition.

Asked to give his verdict on a mixed performance from the No 10, Deans said: "It probably just reaffirmed where we're at.

"We've obviously not included him in the additional six at this stage, but as you've seen with injuries, things happen quickly. This is a three-test campaign and nothing surprises you in this industry.

"Quade is a huge talent, we understand what he is capable of. (But) we've now settled on the squad and we'll get on with our opportunity."

Cooper was outspoken in his criticism of the Australia camp last year but his club coach Ewen McKenzie, widely tipped to succeed Deans, said after the Lions warm-up he would pick his stand-off "any week" if he were in charge.

James O'Connor is the front-runner to start the three-Test series at No 10, although Kurtley Beale was among a number of players not in the initial squad who reported for a training camp in Queensland on Sunday.

Forward duo Peter Kimlin and Scott Sio also took part along with centre Pat McCabe and scrum-half Luke Burgess.

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