Cheika builds World Cup squad as Cooper signs new deal with Beale set to follow

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QUADE COOPER WILL be available for the 2015 Rugby World Cup after signing on with the Australian Rugby Union for another year.

Cooper, 26, is a 53-cap veteran and could add to that next year, having impressed for the Wallabies on their disappointing Autumn Tour.

The Queensland Reds star said he was excited by what Australia could achieve in 2015.

“I really enjoyed the Spring Tour, even though some of the results weren’t what we wanted,” Cooper said in a statement.

“We’re working hard to improve and I’m confident we’ve got a great group of players going into 2015.

“I love being at the Reds and playing rugby for Australia, and am looking forward to the opportunities next year.”

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika was understandably delighted with Cooper’s decision.

“I’ve really enjoyed coaching Quade on the Spring Tour. He brings a lot to the team on and off the field,” he said.

“He’s clearly a quality player and has proven himself at a state and national level for many seasons.

“From watching him play in Super Rugby, and during recent weeks, it’s clear he has a lot to offer and I’m glad he’s chosen to continue his future with Australian rugby.”

It is believed former Leinster coach Cheika has been negotiating a deal with Kurtley Beale, who only a couple of months back was facing the sack over offensive text messages he sent to then Wallabies  manager Di Patstson.

“It’s on the way, we’re very close to getting that deal done now,” Cheika told News Corp.

“Everything is agreed, it’s just a matter of the final papers being drawn up by the ARU.”

Australia begin their World Cup campaign against Fiji at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on 23 September.

Originally published 09.03.

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