Quade Cooper's three-part audition for a place in the Wallabies squad for the British and Irish Lions series begins this weekend.
Wallabies winger Digby Ioane is a doubt for the first Test against the British and Irish Lions after a knee operation.
Queenland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has defended Quade Cooper after the fly-half was omitted by Australia for the Lions series.
Australia coach Robbie Deans has left the door open for the likes of Quade Cooper to make the final squad to face the British and Irish Lions after the in-form
Quade Cooper has been left out of Australia's preliminary squad for the three-Test series against the British and Irish Lions.
Robbie Deans says a British and Irish Lions Test is no place to blood unproven players - but has gone against that belief in the vital position of fly-half.
A late penalty try helped the Melbourne Rebels to record their first Super Rugby victory over a South African side.
Having left the muddy fields of South Wales to play rugby Down Under three years ago, Gareth Delve cannot help but feel the slightest bit conflicted.
Quade Cooper's chances of playing flyhalf for Australia against the touring British and Irish Lions look to have strengthened.
Frank Halai scored a hat-trick as the Auckland Blues blitzed the Melbourne Rebels with five first-half tries.
Strikers Theo Robinson and Nathan Tyson are among seven players to be made available for transfer by Derby.
Australia scrum-half Will Genia wants to play alongside Queensland Reds team-mate Quade Cooper against the Lions.
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