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Cooper dropped from Wallabies

Cooper dropped from Wallabies”

Cheika's regeneration of the squad following the 2015 World Cup has continued, with 11 uncapped players named in a 38-man extended training squad for the Rugby Championship starting next month.

Cheika thought Beale, whose season with Wasps was ended by a hamstring injury, would be available for selection for the test against the All Blacks at Sydney's Olympic stadium on August 19.

While no Brumbies players have been considered yet, due to ongoing Super Rugby commitments, Cheika could not find room for playmaker Cooper in what could be a sign that his worldwide career is all but over.

Quade Cooper has been dropped by Coach Michael Cheika.

"From a form perspective in Super Rugby, I don't think his form has been brilliant", Cheika said.

"With us, it's a bit different because I haven't been giving him big minutes [at worldwide level], so I can't be saying it's form in that way".

"It was hard for me because I've got a good relationship with him".

"And, if we're honest, there's a reason why we haven't been giving him those minutes".

"We've obviously got different personnel to what they (the Lions) would have, so we play a slightly different way", Cheika said.

Cooper started at No 10 for the Wallabies five times last year and then played a utility role off the bench during the end of year tour.

"It's always a balance", Cheika said.

Cheika selected a 38-man squad to prepare for the Rugby Championship opener against New Zealand but even without any players from the ACT Brumbies, who are involved in the Super Rugby playoffs, there was no room for the veteran of 70 tests.

Forwards: Jermaine Ainsley, Adam Coleman, Pek Cowan, Jack Dempsey, Kane Douglas, Sef Fa'agase, Tetera Faulkner, Ned Hanigan, Richard Hardwick, Michael Hooper, Sekope Kepu, Adam Korczyk, Tolu Latu, Sean McMahon, Stephen Moore (captain), Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Lopeti Timani, Taniela Tupou, Jordan Uelese.

Six of the uncapped players come from the Reds, three from the Force and two from the Rebels, with none from the the Waratahs.



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