Guess Who’s Gonna Captain The Barbarians Against Australia?
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Quade Cooper has been confirmed as captain of the Barbarians side to face Australia later this month in Sydney.
Former Wallabies coach Alan Jones will oversee the Barbarians’ two matches against the Classic Wallabies and Australia and confirmed on Twitter that Cooper will lead the side.
The Queensland Red playmaker has fallen out of favour with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, having been left out of their Rugby Championship squad, making his appointment very interesting.
“I’m pleased to announce that Quade Cooper will captain my Barbarians side against the Wallabies,” Jones wrote on his Twitter account.
70 times capped Cooper says he’s looking forward to playing the kind of rugby is is synonymous with the Barbaraians
“I really want to make it entertaining,” Cooper said on the 2GB radio station.
“I love the style of Barbarians and I’m looking forward to being out there.
“There’s a lot of emphasis these days being put on defence and that in turn slows the whole game down. Having the focus on attack can break down defences but you can also make it entertaining.
“It’s always fun to do, come up with new ways to be able to break down these defences.”
It’s also been confirmed the Super Rugby winning Crusaders coach Scott Robertson will take over from Jones as Barbarians coach for the matches against New Zealand and Tonga in November.