Quade Cooper sends perfect message to booing All Blacks fans
After what he believes was his last ever match against the All Blacks on New Zealand soil, Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper has sent a message to the Kiwis that have booed and jeered him throughout his career- thank you.
The New Zealand-born No10 was met by the usual boos by the Dunedin crowd on Saturday when he came on off the bench in the final quarter, something that has been consistent throughout the 35-year-old’s career ever since his run-ins with Richie McCaw over a decade ago.
While that kind of treatment might get to some players, Cooper has embraced it throughout his career, and sent in a recent Instagram message that “it doesn’t get much better than competing at the highest level,” and further thanked those hating fans for creating an atmosphere.
He wrote: “That was most likely the last game I’ve played against the ABs in NZ. These are the moments I will miss the most: taking a shot to tie the game with a full house booing, running out with your teammates against the best, knowing the challenge that awaits is just moments away. It just doesn’t get much better than competing at the highest level. The preparation, the physical toll, and the emotional journey can be brutal, but we continue to get up and want more. I stayed out on the field for about 20 minutes post-game, just thinking about my journey and how lucky I was to be one of the few standing out there, while looking into the stands where thousands had gathered. Understanding that I too stood there or watched on TV with a dream of being on the other side of the fence one day. So, to the kids with dreams, continue to chase them even when they seem out of reach. And to the fans, whether yelling, cheering, or booing, whatever it is, thanks for always creating that atmosphere.”
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