Back in black (and white)?: Cooper disputes Barbarians claims despite announcement

Tue, 05/10/2021, 05:37 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper has rejected suggestions he has been added to the Barbarians squad to face Samoa in November.

Cooper famously was selected as captain for the 'BaaBaas' against Australia by Alan Jones in 2017, having been dropped by Reds coach Brad Thorn at the start of the year.

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The 34-year-old was handed his International return against South Africa by Wallabies coach Dave Rennie and seemed to be once again set to feature under Rennie for the November Test match after the Barbarians announced his addition to the squad.

However, the flyhalf rejected any suggestions surrounding his participation, taking to social media to confirm his commitment to Kintetsu

"FYI At no stage have I agreed to play for the @Barbarian_FC in the upcoming game against Samoa... I’m contracted to the Kintetsu liners," he said via social media.

In the same release, they revealed he was set to join Brumbies trio Len Ikitau, Nic White and Pete Samu after standout performances during the Rugby Championship.

The invitational side has also confirmed Springboks props Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe have been added to the squad.

They will join hooker Malcolm Marx and the Ulster-bound No.8 Duane Vermeulen along with Pumas back-rower Pablo Matera, with further players set to be announced in the coming weeks.

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This all comes as Samoa has confirmed they will send a 'selection side' to the exhibition match after cancelling their Spring Tour, which will be made up of European-based players.

“Lakapi Samoa was not able to guarantee the safety of any of our players and management whilst on campaign and the current state of emergency measures by the government restricts the return of anyone within six months of contacting the virus,” Lakapi Samoa CEO Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai said in a statement.

“This was a major obstacle to keep our borders safe. We do accept the implications and scale of consequences the pandemic can have to our small country with limited resources.”

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