Quade Cooper misses the second test, doubtful for the rest of the English series

“It was a difficult moment not being able to get on the field last night after a minor injury in the final moments of the warm-up,” Cooper wrote. “But seeing our group overcome every challenge presented to us last night has been the growth we have been working towards as a team.

“Thank you for all the support. I appreciate all of you, especially those closest to me.”

Quade Cooper for the England series. Credit:Getty

Former Wallaby Drew Mitchell believes coach Dave Rennie could choose O’Connor over Lolesio for the second Test.

“I probably think they’ll go with James at 10am,” Mitchell said on the BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly Podcast. “Just the language of Dave Rennie who said James O’Connor was right and fit to play, but he wasn’t sharp enough. that for me [might suggest] he’s going to play a bigger role at some point in the series.”

The news of Cooper’s setback came when Reece Hodge was called into the Wallabies squad to replace the injured Tom Banks.

Banks broke his arm in the first half of Australia’s win and will be out for four months.

Lolesio did not miss a goal in the two-point win.

Lolesio did not miss a goal in the two-point win.Credit:Getty

Wallabies supporter Allan Alaalatoa is expected to miss the second Test due to concussion protocols, while Darcy Swain faces his disciplinary hearing on Tuesday night for a headbutt.

Meanwhile, prop Angus Bell says the Wallabies will not be satisfied with parity against the English game and want to strangle the game at Suncorp Stadium.

With so much talk about whether there will be more whining and feeling between the enemies, Bell said his attention was much more focused as the Wallabies try to put the series to bed on their favorite hunting ground.

The Australians have beaten all opponents in Brisbane ten times in a row and haven’t ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard since 2016. It’s a formidable record, but the hosts can expect England to significantly improve their game in a venue all too well known for their Australian coach Eddie Jones.

Dave Rennie congratulates skipper Michael Hooper after the race.

Dave Rennie congratulates skipper Michael Hooper after the race.Credit:Getty

That could mean a more aggressive and physical approach to trying to avert the Wallaby gaze from the bigger prize. But Bell, a veteran with 16 tests out of just 21, said the Wallabies will not be laughed at again after Swain’s red card.

“Rugby is a physical sport,” Bell said. “Sometimes someone does something you don’t like, but it was a whim. Darcy made a decision out of frustration, but he doesn’t have those traits in him at all,” Bell said.


More urgent for Newington College’s product is to squeeze England into the set and make sure they don’t build momentum as they desperately try to qualify for the series.

“I was quite unhappy with our set piece, it could be better. We’re not here to even be with England, we’re here to dominate them,” Bell said. “We didn’t quite understand that and I think some things, like the red card, didn’t help it. But we’re going to take another step in intensity on the set.

“It was a nice win.”

Damaging prop Taniela Tupou will be available for selection after recovering from a calf injury and Bell believes the Queensland Reds cannonball could split the game wide open.

“I think we all know Taniela is a beast, he’s one of the best in the world,” Bell said. “In every facet of the game, Taniela has a huge impact on the side. If he is elected, he will do his job.”

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