The view of Quad Cooper relaxed and untouched in Los Angeles last week probably comforted Wallabies coach Dave Renny over the weekend when the injury required a raft of other Topline Test players.
Cooper went to training in Los Angeles Giltinis to play with the Australian outpost of the Premier League in rugby, out of duty after bringing the Japanese side of Kintezu to the title of the second division in Japan and moved to the Premier League.
He is expected to arrive in Australia at some point in the next two weeks before being named to Renee’s team, which will face England in three tests in July.
Except for any unforeseen hiccups, Cooper will serve as a necessary reinforcement of Wallaby’s back lineQueensland No. 10 James O’Connor received a hamstring sprain in his win over Moana Pacific on Friday with a score of 32-14.
O’Connor needed a leg scan on Monday, but he looked disappointed when he left the field at Suncorp Stadium. Watched Renny, who is undoubtedly preparing for the last few weeks of Super Rugby Pacific.
Noah Lalesia is still standing – and playing well – behind Brambi, but O’Connor’s potential loss would be a blow to the depths of Wallaby as they prepare for Eddie Jones and his England side.
Elsewhere, New Wales center Isaiah Perez has dropped out due to a sprained medial ligament, his Queensland counterpart Hunter Paisami has also dropped out of the field, and Wallaby world-class interlocutor Taniela Tupou has dropped out due to a calf injury. Kurtley Bill, who returned from France before the tour of England, served six weeks after injuring his knee in Racing 92. Back rower Rob Valentini dropped out due to a hamstring injury, another blow for Wallaby, but in a place where Australia enjoys some depth.
The Wallabies are hoping everyone will be back in shape before the test schedule, but no doubt Renny prefers his players to join the Wallaby match in shape and form.