Quade Cooper gives his honest opinion on New Zealand rugby

Quade Cooper gives his honest opinion on New Zealand rugby

um afternoon gentlemen um perhaps start with you isaac and it’s been a a whirlwind journey um but with lukan um going back home for the time being it perhaps presents an opportunity for you and dave spoke about that on friday that you’re firmly in the mix can you just talk us about talk to us about the journey back home and and what it means to to be in the frame to represent the world again uh yeah it’s been been a bit of a long journey you know it started probably this time last year after i left um no but i’m very pumped to be back i’ve been enjoying it a lot getting to know the guys it’s a lot of competition in the second row this year with the squad which is good um but yeah i’ve just been really enjoying it being a bit of a journey but happy to be back it certainly has been a journey and did you think that you’d be back as soon as you as you returned oh no definitely not i didn’t expect it to happen this quick at all i thought i’d be just in perth for the next six months really and as is it’s kind of interesting you and played sitting next to each other and you both haven’t formed a dull jersey for some time so is the two of you kind of going with the battle a little bit together wanting wanting to um represent wellbeing again yeah definitely that’s that’s why i’m back it’s the dream of mine to play for the wallabies and yeah i’m trying to every opportunity i get really isaac going essentially playing potentially playing your first game firsthand back to the lobby’s in your new adopted home i know well he’s got a chance to go out to sort of per club rugby and sort of experience it what’s been your sort of thoughts of the potentially doing in front of what will be your home crowd heading into 2022 um well look first of all if i get picked i’ll be stoked um but look it’ll be unreal to play play in perth i’ve been out and about a bit and a few people have come up and said hello and stuff like that the rugby community is really strong here it’d be good to have a game for him this weekend so just touching on that rugby community what’s been sort of the feedback that you’ve got from a lot of the sort of people that have come up to you i know it’s been sort of a very um difficult sort of week two weeks where i’m given the uncertainty uh yeah i guess at first you know there’s a lot of people disappointed about the game getting called off but once it got um changed to this weekend everyone was just pumped and said they were ready to come watch and couldn’t wait to get doped us and watch it wait um alex mcleod here from rugby pass over in new zealand um dave rennie sort of talked about last week about how impressed he’d been with you um and off the on off the field like in terms of leading the squad around training and whatnot he said that you’re starting to apply pressure on the selection start to get back for this weekend’s game is he giving you any sort of indication that you’ll play this weekend nah not yet mate like it’s um i think it keeps everybody on their toes when we’re training the the teams are always quite mixed up you’re having to look around see where hoops or marika is and um you know try and get some indication there but other than that um you know the boys are just all fighting for sports and you know rod’s sort of alluded to you know the the competition you know throughout the the locks the halves and and everywhere across the board got some some fantastic players here who are you know putting in a lot of work and a lot of effort to um you know become better players and then put their hands up for selection and obviously with richmond wanga back home staying in new zealand it’s a clear path for boat and barrett to come in and start against you guys this week if you guys sort of discussed um how to sort of contain him he’s obviously a massive threat with fallen hands um top end speed have you sort of run through the sort of threats that he poses for you guys and that’s that’s the the thing about the all blacks you know you have richie mwanga um stay at home you know for the birth of one of his child um children and then you have um bodhi coming and you know two of you know the best players in the world and and how do you defend that you know it’s one of those things that you know really put so much emphasis on on one person and and stopping them it’s just more about slowing them down and and abs as a whole um they’ve been a phenomenal team um you know over the past two games and we’re very much more so focused on you know trying to um nail down our stuff um you know we’ve got a lot of young players as we spoke about who have showed some some great things over the past few games and and the series against um the french so you know as long as those guys can continue to grow you know everybody in the squad puts their hand up and you know tries to push each other um you know then hopefully we’ll be in a great spot but you know to answer your question is a difficult bloke to be able to contain and you know we’ll be just trying to slow him down as best we can you mentioned that uh the young guy is sort of an emphasis for you guys to nail down the things that you need to improve on what are some of those things that you’ve been looking to work on in the lead up to this game like you know there’s it’s not something you just put your your finger on so this is the one thing that we need to change or need to be better at as as young men as a squad it’s it’s it’s a journey um you know like so we’ve just come come to perth a game got canceled there’s a learning learning curve there to be able to understand okay we’ve got a little bit extra time um you know we can grow as a squad there’s a bunch of new guys coming in we’ve had samu come in he’s getting to know a lot of the guys myself i’ve only been in the squad for i think four four five weeks um you know so just as a team being able to understand how our structure is better having those that week together we can build on our game plan um you know look at a few areas where um you know we let the the all blacks take the game away a little bit in that second test you know so um it’s not one area but as as a group as as people as as men um you know we’re trying to um you know slowly just inch our way forward and um you know we’ve been grateful to have had this extra week with the rugby championship being shifted to queensland james o’connor’s likely to come back into the squad which means that when there’s already a fly half and another fly half it makes competition even more difficult and we spoke with that in mind but also when you first arrived well rejoined the camp you spoke about the idea of it’s great to get another opportunity to pass on some of those learnings to the address the squad but with each passing test um japan your season not too far away james o’connor coming back it almost makes it more difficult for you so bearing that in mind how much would it mean to you to be able to represent the wallabies again and bring on your 71st cap yeah i mean like there hasn’t been a focus on of mine at all it’s not something that you know i’ve come in here going oh i just have to play a test you know for me coming in here has been about learning um you know and my the things that i’ve been able to learn and whether i go back to japan after this game whether it’s after the rugby championship i’m not 100 sure um just yet i’ll have a wealth of knowledge in terms of footballing in terms of things i’ve been able to gain and learn about myself and being back inside this environment you know the the level of of skill the level of of training that we’ve been able to train it i haven’t had that for you know i think it’s what four years or something since i was last inside um a wallaby squad and um you know so as i said like it hasn’t been a focus of mine to come in and um just play games you know if i can grow as a man grow as a rugby player take that back to japan and you know again pass that knowledge on onto other people well then that’s a great reward for myself um you know so that that’s where my focus is at and um anything else outside of that you know that it’s just bonuses along the way in in this journey um have you got an idea whether or not you’re staying with the world squad beyond this week um no you know it’s something that i actually haven’t had um conversations around that um you know just been taking each week as it comes i mean and enjoying my time in here um you know again being able to to learn from a footy perspective be able to grow as a as a man as a player and then you know everything else has has been a great bonus uh quade uh you’ve been able to you played under quite a few uh very good coaches uh can you tell us uh your assessment of dave rennie how he connects with the players his knowledge uh and just what the overall vibe’s been under yeah i think that um yeah one of the the first thing that that i noticed when i came in into the squad is um you know there’s there’s a great emphasis on you know inclusion um you know representing everybody in in this team um you know in in in the squad we’ve got guys um you know australian born we’ve got guys who are samoan tongan born fijian born in new zealand guys who have come from different backgrounds and there’s a real emphasis on you know everybody having their identity represented and i think that when you look at australia as a country as a whole it’s such a multicultural um landscape and to be able to see that everybody is represented in that is a great thing and something that i’ve really enjoyed um you know but also he has a very much a growth mindset um you know so there’s been times on the training paddock and and the training paddock is as a place to get better a place to practice good habits to practice things that you may not necessarily do in a game but be able to get confidence to at some point be able to pull that off and being able to see him encourage guys you know when um you know it might be a skill error but the intention was there and he’ll just go and reinforce it hey the idea was great loved what you did there but the skill let you down i need to see you practicing that and i think that that for me is is something that when you see a coach not coming over and burning you for making a mistake but more so nurturing you to understand that was a the intent was right i could see what you were trying to do there but you need to get better at that skill can i ask it let’s um started uh ambitioning you to be a head coach ultimately or um you know has it maybe turned you off that as well in some ways yeah i mean like to be honest um like when i was playing club football at south in 2018 that was probably the first time that i actually really enjoyed um sort of passing on on knowledge i guess you know before that i didn’t really have the patience for it um you know at this level at super rugby and that test level i’ll get actually get kind of frustrated if someone didn’t understand their role or miss the jump on on a play or or forget a little bit of knowledge because to me that that was you should just automatically know it being at that level and i think that that was a an error in judgment from my behalf instead of putting in the the time and effort to um help other people because everybody learns in in different ways and when i went to south um obviously a a club that you know doesn’t have have much resources doesn’t have much money so the coaching around that the um you know the players that came and talented players but very raw so myself being fortunate enough to have you know great coaching great resources and and everything from from such a young age i was able to you know find patients in in myself find patients and the things that i learned and that was probably the first time that i really enjoyed and i got more satisfaction out of seeing other players learn and then you’d be out on the field and there’d be something you had a conversation about or something that you could see guys working at week in and weekend and when it when it happened and you see an and the light bulb moment when they realized and under understood what was going on that was just a moment for me that i got so much satisfaction out of and you know that that’s something that is a process and you know so in terms of coaching down the track it’s not something that i would say yeah that’s definitely something i want to do but um i feel like now where i’m at as a man as um as a football player um i definitely have a lot more patience for for that and do you think there’s more pressure on a head coach than players and what kind of pressures do you see now that you’ve you’ve spent this kind of role or done this kind of world yeah i think there’s there’s a lot of pressure on on coaches they have a very difficult role and see and that’s the thing with with players and you know a lot of players who transition into coaching they don’t realize the amount of work that that goes into coaching in the hours of watching footage um you know the hours of planning you know when we walk out onto the field as players there’s you see cones drills all this sort of stuff and you know that’s all set up and and done for us that’s taken you know weeks of planning you know when you have to watch footage of every other team know the players inside and out players do that to a degree but coaches it’s it’s a totally different ball game and then obviously selection you know as players we don’t have any say in that that’d be something that i feel there’s a lot of pressure on on that um you know you you’re breaking a lot of people’s hearts by by telling them that they’re they’re not involved but you’re also you know giving them pla areas and and things that they can work on you know to push for selection so you know i don’t envy the job of a coach um you know but i feel like they do have a a very tough role in but as players you know whether we’re the ones out on the field there’s a fair bit of pressure on on players as well um you know a lot of people don’t see the the work that goes into um you know being a football player it looks like it’s a very glamorous job when you when you get out there on a saturday and that’s all that the public see but you know when you walk around the hotel here and you see the guys spending hours working on their bodies um you know the meetings um the injuries the ups and downs through to coming back from injuries the disappointment and losses the the highs from from winning you know it can be a very much uh an emotional roller coaster as it can be a physical um roller coaster and very physically demanding thank you last couple online yeah just quickly quick can i get your thoughts just on how you think isaac’s reintegrated into the wallabies set up now that he’s on the cusp of a return after like you said a pretty turbulent year that he’s had yeah i mean like to have rider back in australia it’s a it’s a great thing for for shane rugby um you know i played with him him years ago and he was you know phenomenal talent uh a great player and an even better man off the field you know so um you know i’ve enjoyed being able to catch up spend some time with him um you know and and i know that he’s going to be a great asset for for australian rugby from now on and into the future what are you bringing to this side that you might not have had a year ago do you think based on what you’ve learned over the last problem uh yeah so probably since being in france i gotta i learn a lot more about physicality in the game and probably more of a aggressive side of a game for a lock so i think that’s probably what i’d be able to bring back now after being in france it’s definitely more physicality and stuff around the breakdown and balkan which i thought was my weaker points before i left for france
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Quade Cooper gives his honest opinion on New Zealand rugby

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