Qaude Cooper: Wallabies’ fly-half becomes an Australian citizen

Australia's Quade Cooper
Qaude Cooper, then 13, moved from New Zealand to Australia and made his debut with the Wallabies in 2008.

After representing the Wallabies 75x, Quade Cooper, Fly-half, has been granted Australian citizenship.

Cooper was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia when he was a teenager. He had five unsuccessful attempts at citizenship over five years.

This was before eligibility criteria for “most talented potential” applicants were modified last year.

The 33-yearold is currently playing at Kintetsu Liners in Japan. She has previously played for Australia at two World Cups.

Because he wasn't a citizen, he couldn't be selected to the Australian rugby sevens team at Rio Olympics 2016.

Cooper was recalled to international duty in September. He played a prominent role in the Wallabies’'. 28-26 win over world champions South Africa.

“Ceremony is over and after five years of five failed attempts, 75 Test matches, and a lot help from many people behind-the scenes, I can finally say that I am Australian.” Cooper said on Twitter.external-link

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