Veteran flyhalf Quade Cooper says he didn't expect to be back in the Wallabies environment and is grateful for the opportunity.
For the first time since 2017, Cooper is back in the Wallabies set up but says that he didn't think it would be possible after leaving Australia to ply his trade in Japan.
“I probably didn’t ever expect to be in this position, so I’m very grateful for the opportunity and be back in this environment,” said Cooper at press conference with Wallabies coach Dave Rennie.
“It’s one of those things that you continue to work away, try and grow each day, and an opportunity like this has presented itself and it’s just a matter of making yourself available, and you’re ready.
“If that’s offering some support to a young guy like Noah [Lolesio], an exciting player, and just be around this environment and provide an extra voice, an extra player to be able to train and prepare the boys for whatever’s next.”
Cooper believes that he and Lolesio can help each other in the Wallabies camp.
“I think we can continue to help each other,” Cooper said.
“Even myself, at 33, I’m here still trying to learn, trying to soak up as much information as I can.
“Watching they way he [Noah] went through those test matches, he’s a phenomenal player. I know he’s going to be a great player and great asset to Australian Rugby.
“His composure at the end of those test matches, to be able to nail those kicks at goal already shows a steady resolve in the kid.”