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This was Cooper’s first match against the Reds’ since his departure and along with the win he contributed 12 points from the boot and two try assists for Jack Maddocks.
However, with the Reds struggling at the moment some fans took the opportunity to support a former fan favourite and point out Thorn’s flawed decision of not taking Cooper back when he had the chance.
Although there might be some bad blood between the player and coach, Cooper confirmed after the match that he is still a Reds fan and hopes they get out of their poor situation.
“There was a few people that sort of feel that I must have left them. But it wasn’t the boys that didn’t want me. The boys were the ones that we were playing against and I love those boys. For me, I don’t want to see them go down, I want to win when we play against them but I’m always supporting them. I want this franchise to do well. It’s a little bit sad to see when they’re struggling a little bit, on and off the field,” he told Fox Sports post-game.
Thorn was forced to admit that Cooper and Will Genia, another former Red, played well in what must have been a hard game to watch.
“He’s on the winning side and he contributed to a really good win for them. So well done to him and Will,” he said.
Cooper is one of the Reds most decorated players, having won the Super Rugby title with the franchise in 2011 and is now delivering success down south with the Rebels now top of the Australian Conference following the win.
Springbok Lock Heading Home After Six Years in France
Following a six-year stint in France one Springbok is heading back to his old stomping ground
The 17-cap Springbok, who made his last international appearance in 2013 before his move, is a welcome addition to the Bulls squad following the departures of Lodewyk de Jager and RG Snyman to Sale Sharks and Honda Heat respectively.
Kruger took to social media to confirm his return and is excited to be back.
“Hi Bulls family. Juandre Kruger here. It has been a while since I addressed you guys. For those who haven’t heard I am super excited to announce that I am heading back to my old stomping ground, Loftus. I have just done a deal with the Bulls and I will be joining the boys in December later this year. I am looking forward to making you proud. I’ll check you in a few months,” he said.
The 33-year-old will bring plenty of experience having previously played for the Bulls between 2008 and 2013 before heading to Racing 92 where he stayed for three-years, winning the Top 14 in his final year. He then moved on to Toulon whom he is leaving to re-join the Bulls.
Kruger’s signing is the second of an impressive week for the Bulls after they announced the arrival of Scottish international Josh Strauss earlier this week. He will link-up with the squad following the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Wallabies Powerhouse Set for European Switch
One of Australia’s hookers seems set for a move to Europe next season according to reports
The report claims that the Waratahs player, who is in the Wallabies Rugby Championship squad for their upcoming campaign, has burnt his bargaining bridges with Rugby Australia following a drink-driving incident earlier this year.
That issue resulted in Latu pleading guilty to the charges and being handed suspensions both on and off the pitch. He received a four-match suspension and a $5,000 fine from Rugby Australia.
However, on the pitch Latu has been in good form and it is thought to be wanted by Heyneke Meyer at Stade Francais, who already have four Aussies in his squad in Paul Alo-Emile, Sefa Naivalu, Hughe Pyle and Tala Gray.
The Top 14 side have got three hookers on their books in Laurent Panis, Remi Bonfils and Lucas Da Silva, but the arrival of Latu would most likely become the first-choice hooker if he arrived.
Ironically if the move does come to be the 26-year-old would be joining a club that his current Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika used to manage.
Whatever happens, Latu will more than likely be heading to the World Cup in Japan with his country meaning any move away from the Waratahs would occur in November once the tournament concludes.
Scottish Star Signs for the Bulls
One of Scotland’s key back-rowers has left his contract a year early to join the Bulls
The 32-year-old has been at the English club for two-years since joining from Glasgow Warriors, with Sale agreeing to let him leave early having signed Jean-Luc, Daniel du Preez and Mark Wilson this summer.
He had been in talks with the Warriors about a return, as well as receiving a lot of attention from French Top 14 sides, but chose the Bulls.
By signing for the Bulls, Strauss will return to his country of birth, but is far more associated with Scotland having qualified for their national side in 2015.
He made his debut for the Scots in the 2015 World Cup and has gone on to gain 22-caps for them since.
Strauss is included in Scotland’s 44-man World Cup training squad by head coach Gregor Townsend and played in all five of Scotland’s Six Nations fixtures earlier this year.
However, there is no guarantee that he will make the tournament in Japan as he faces huge competition for a place on the plane with Ryan Wilson, Matt Fagerson, Magnus Bradbury, Sam Skinner and Blade Thomson are all vying for places.
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