Quade Cooper’s future still up in the air

Quade Cooper remains tight-lipped on his future plans, saying only that his immediate focus is purely on the Wallabies.

The former Queensland Reds flyhalf has an agreement to play for French club powerhouse Toulon next year but could yet back out to join the Australian Sevens campaign ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Speaking at Ballymore, where the Wallabies are training ahead of Saturday’s opening Rugby Championship Test against South Africa, Cooper said any thoughts about his destination next year had been pushed to one side.

“I’m very focused on the Wallabies right now,” Cooper told reporters on Monday.

“The future is the future and the past is the past.

“The preparation for this week is all I’m going to focus on – getting out there, doing the right thing, contributing to the team – and we’ll go from there.”

Cooper’s manager Khoder Nasser has been engaged in talks with the Australian Rugby Union over his client’s possible destination for months, but last month the Reds dropped out of negotiations in dramatic fashion, saying the Cooper camp had “unrealistic expectations”.

It’s unlikely any decision will be announced until after the World Cup.

The 27-year-old’s year has been hampered by repeated injuries or fractures to his shoulder but he said he felt in good physical shape ahead of the international season.

Indications are that, having spent the majority of coach Michael Cheika’s gruelling 15-on-15 training sessions alongside long-time halves partner Will Genia, Cooper is likely to start against the Springboks with either Matt Giteau or Matt Toomua at inside centre.

Cooper said he has yet to be told if he will wear the No.10 jersey or come off the bench.

“If I’m a chance, then it’s all looking well,” he said.

“We’re all just training, preparing like we’re all going to play.”

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