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Fri Apr 25 04:32:30 SAST 2014

Australia flyhalf Cooper out of Rugby Championship

Reuters | 18 September, 2012 11:480 Comments
Australia v Argentina: The Rugby Championship
Quade Cooper of the Australian Wallabies is tackled during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and Argentina at Skilled Park on September 15, 2012 on the Gold Coast, Australia
Image by: Chris Hyde / Getty Images

Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper will miss the remaining two rounds of the Rugby Championship because of problems with the knee he injured at the World Cup last year, the Australia team said on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old joins a long casualty list for Australia, who face tough tests against South Africa in Pretoria on Sept. 29 and Argentina in Rosario a week later to round out the inaugural version of the four nation competition.

Cooper, who has yet to return to top form after his return from surgery on his right knee, had scans in Brisbane on Tuesday which revealed a “small chip of articular cartilage” on the joint.

“While the injury will require an operation to clean up and is to the same knee that was operated on after last year’s Rugby World Cup, it is not a long term injury and so may not rule Cooper out of the (November tour),” read a statement.

“A decision on the flyhalf’s availability for that trip will be made once his rehabilitation is underway.”

Australia play England, Italy and Wales on their tour of Europe in November and early December.

Berrick Barnes, who played at fullback in last weekend’s comeback victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast, is likely to stand-in for Cooper for the next two tests and the third Bledisloe Cup clash with New Zealand on Oct. 20.

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