Quade Cooper’s first message after season-ending injury
Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper has said that he is “ready and prepared” for the “challenge ahead” after he ruptured his Achilles tendon against Argentina on Saturday in Mendoza.
The 34-year-old was making his comeback after missing the entirety of the series against England due to a calf injury he picked up in the warm-up of the first Test. Those injury woes have only increased with this latest setback, which could see him out of the game for nine months after he collapsed to the floor in the second half unopposed against the Pumas.
This will leave the Test veteran in a race to make the World Cup next year, but this seems to be a challenge he is embracing. To make matters worse, another star of the Wallabies team, Samu Kerevi, was ruled out for the rest of the season last week with an ACL injury, while captain Michael Hooper returned home last week for personal reasons. These are three titans of the Wallabies team that will be missing from now on, which makes Dave Rennie’s job that much harder.
This was Cooper’s post on Instagram:
“Ready and prepared for this journey. Doesn’t mean it will be easy but I know I’ve prepared myself for the challenge ahead by building systems and habits to guide me through each obstacle on my path.
Prepare for the storm so you are strong enough to endure it..
“Want to thank both my team mates and the Argentinian players for their support and care when I got injured. My teammates who continue to help me learn and grow each day I will miss you all but be supporting your journey as I continue mine. Our coaches for believing in me and continuing to push my growth. Our medical team who put so much time and energy into each and everyone of us. To the fans your msgs of support have not gone I noticed.”
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