Deans retains Cooper hope
Head coach Robbie Deans has insisted Quade Cooper will work his way back to full fitness and win a Wallabies recall.
The Queensland Reds favourite was left out of Deans' 22 for the Rugby Championship opener against the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
A lack of match sharpness, caused by knee surgery, has seen Cooper restricted to just five Super Rugby games and Deans felt incumbent fly-half Berrick Barnes merited the No 10 shirt.
"Berrick played very well through June and we had good continuity prior to the mishap with Pat McCabe, so it was pretty straightforward," Deans explained.
He added the international door was not closed for Cooper and that the New Zealand-born 24-year-old would get his chance with the Wallabies in the future.
"There's not a lot of certainty in this industry," he added. "I've got no doubt he'll get an opportunity again, absolutely."