Cooper expected to stay

Australia star Quade Cooper is set to recommit himself to the Wallabies for another year. [more]

Cooper expected to stay

Australia star Quade Cooper is set to recommit himself to the Wallabies for another year.

The mercurial play-maker is expected to sign a contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union and Queensland Reds to run past the World Cup in September.

Last year Cooper had agreed a new two-year deal with the Reds but only signed for one following lucrative offers from rugby league.

But Cooper has enjoyed an outstanding season to date with the pace-setting Reds and is seen as one of the best fly-halves in the world.

The deal will keep Cooper in the Wallabies set-up until 2012 but they will be hoping to extend that further with the Lions due to tour 'down under' in 2013.

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Cooper's re-signing follows that of Reds Test players James Horwill and Ben Daley, as well as rising winger Luke Morahan.

But Queensland have a major fight on their hands to keep strike weapon Digby Ioane from accepting a massive offer from Japanese club Kubota.

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