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Reports have claimed that Quade Cooper has quit from the Australian Rugby Union after negotiations for a new contract broke down.

Australia’s Channel Nine News reported that Cooper, who was born in New Zealand, could now chase a deal with a European rugby club or rugby league, which he has previously expressed interest in.

Cooper was said over the weekend to be disappointed with the offer of an incentive-only based contract by the ARU. This followed a record fine for the five-eight for his outburst criticising the Wallabies, saying the team’s environment was “toxic”.

It is still unclear where this leaves the Queensland Reds, Cooper’s Super 15 side who he was expected to keep playing with. However, part of his contract with the Reds is made up by the ARU.

The blow comes after a weekend of good news for the Wallabies as the turned their fortunes around with a 20-14 victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday. It was a massive bounce-back for the Wallabies after their embarrassing  33-6 defeat to France in Paris the previous week.

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