Quade Cooper has been dreaming of representing his rugby sevens team in Rio Olympics 2016 but his dream crashed on Thursday as he was unable to catch up and make transitions to make it to the team.
Australian coach Andy Friend made the announcement to oust France-based Cooper from Rio Olympics. He said that Cooper would no longer be considered for the rest of the two World Series tournaments to be held in Paris and London in May. This would have been the final audition for the Olympics selections. Cooper played 58 Tests in Wallabies and he was a showman who made his sevens debut in Las Vegas in 2016. According to the News Hub New Zealand, Cooper’s lack of time to interact and mix up well with his teammates affected the change that he could have made to the team’s performance.
“There’s no doubt Quade is a quality player but, put simply, we just haven’t had the opportunity to work with him as much as we would have liked over the past five months,” he said.”Each day I have a group of 20-plus players working on different structures and patterns of play and I don’t think we would have got the very best out of Quade had we just thrown him into a tournament with limited preparation, particularly for an event as momentous as the Olympics. As many players have found out throughout this season’s World Series, it is no easy task to transition from 15s to the sevens form of the game.”
The performance of the rugby sevens player in the sevens jersey was both brilliant and disappointing. He won his team a penalty try and then received a yellow card for high tackling during the semi-finals in Las Vegas. Fox Sports indicated this to be the turning point of Cooper’s career. His performance in the finals made his inexperience in the game evident when he lost the ball near the tryline.