Super Rugby

Height: 186cm
Weight: 92kg
Born: 05/04/1988
Place of Birth: Tokoroa, NZ
Senior Club: Souths
Junior Club: Souths
School: Anglican Church Grammar School

Representative Honours
Australian Schoolboys (2005-2006)
Australian Under 19s (2007)
Queensland (2006-2015)
Australian Wallabies (2008-)
Rugby World Cup (2011, 2015)
Brisbane City NRC (2014-2015, 2017)
Barbarians (2017)


Playing History

Representative Caps Points Debut
NRC: Brisbane City 9 79 (33 cons*) 2014 v Queensland Country, Ballymore Stadium
Queensland 119 846 (24T, 138C, 143PG, 7DG) Nov 2006 v Japan, Tokyo
Super Rugby 117 844 (24T, 137C, 143PG, 7DG) Feb 2007 v Crusaders, Christchurch
Test Rugby 70 154 (8T, 27C, 18PG, 2DG) 2008 v Italy, Padova

Player Bio

Quade Cooper returned to the St.George Queensland Reds in 2017 after a season abroad playing for Toulon in the French Top 14.

While he joined the Reds as a teenager, Cooper is now in his 11th season of Super Rugby and is one of the more experienced members of the squad – having earned 100 caps for Queensland, played 50 Tests for the Wallabies and won a Super Rugby title.

His on-field panache is still his most recognisable trait, but none of his achievements would be possible without his significant work rate and attention to detail. His natural talent is one thing, but Cooper is also known as one of the hardest workers within the Queensland squad.

Resumed the familiar role of Queensland’s starting flyhalf. Became the first Reds player and only the third Australian player in history to tally 800 points in Super Rugby. Returned to Wallabies colours in the June Test series. Also wore the blue and gold of McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City for the first time since 2015. Received the honour of captaining the Barbarians against the Wallabies at the Sydney Football Stadium.
Spent the season abroad playing for French Top 14 side Toulon, while also representing the Australian Sevens side at tournaments in Las Vegas and Vancouver. Returned to Australia in August and represented the Wallabies in nine Tests.
A tough run of injury meant Cooper was limited to just five Super Rugby games for the Reds. Despite his limited opportunities in Super Rugby, he was featured in five matches for the Wallabies, including their Rugby World Cup clash against Uruguay.
Reached two significant milestones as he earned his 100th cap for Queensland against the Blues in Auckland and became the all-time highest points scorer for the Reds in Super Rugby, surpassing Elton Flatley’s previous marker of 629. Suffered a dislocated shoulder against the Rebels at Suncorp Stadium, with shoulder surgery ruling him out of the remainder of the Super Rugby season along with Wallabies duties.
Played every Super Rugby game and captained Queensland against the British & Irish Lions. Missed the British & Irish Lions Test series, but returned to Wallaby gold for The Rugby Championship and end of year Spring Tour and produced some of the greatest performances of his Test career – including leading the Wallabies to wins over Ireland and Wales. Achieved the milestone of 50 Tests for Australia.
Missed the opening 12 rounds of Super Rugby due to injury suffered at Rugby World Cup 2011, bringing an end to his string of 31 consecutive games in the number 10 jersey for the Reds Made a successful recovery from knee reconstruction to ignite Reds backline in the latter stages of Super Rugby. After returning in round 13 against the Lions, Cooper went on to feature in each of the Reds remaining five regular season matches where the team went undefeated to finish at the top of the Australian Conference. Selected in Australia’s Rugby Championship squad and became Wallabies fifth-most capped flyhalf in Test history. Minor knee injury forced a premature end to his Rugby Championship campaign.
Played in every match during the Reds’ Super Rugby title campaign, bringing up his 50th cap for Queensland in round one against the Western Force, before playing game number 50 in Super Rugby the following week against the Waratahs in Sydney. Finished the season with a record personal tally of 228 points, which obliterated the Reds previous best mark – a 171 point effort also set by Cooper just a year earlier. Along with winning a Super Rugby title, he claimed the People’s Choice Award at the Reds Gala. Was the Wallabies first-choice flyhalf at the 2011 Rugby World Cup before suffering a knee injury in the bronze final.
Broke the record for most points scored by a Reds player in a singular Super Rugby match, toppling Elton Flatley’s previous mark of 26. Produced a 31-point effort against the Crusaders – made up of two tries, three conversions and five penalties. Claimed Australia Super 14 Try of the Year and was named Australian Super 14 Player of the Year. Made his first start at flyhalf for Australia in a winning debut in the Tri Nations.
One of just four players - and the only member of the backline - to appear in all 13 matches during the Reds injury ravaged Super 14 campaign, scoring four tries, second only to Digby Ioane. Called up to the Wallabies again - earned his first starting appearance against Italy and also played against the All Blacks and South Africa.
Selected by Wallabies coach Robbie Deans for the Wallabies European Spring Tour, marking his debut with a match-winning try against Italy.
Made his debut for Queensland at the age of 18, in just his first year out of school.

*Please note, the scoring in the National Rugby Championship changed from seasons 1 and 2 to season 3. In 2014 and 2015 tries were worth 5 points, conversions 3 points, penalties/drop goals 2 points. In 2016, tries were worth 6 points, conversions/penalty goals/drop goals 2 points.

Updated 20/11/2017