Quade Cooper 'should harness the hate'
August 19, 2013
Quade Cooper deserves more respect, Michael Hooper believes © Getty Images
Features: You just can't blink against New Zealand
Matches: New Zealand 27 - 16 Australia
Cooper was booed by the Kiwi contingent in the crowd at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on Saturday, in echoes of Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand, and he likely faces a more hostile reception on New Zealand soil this weekend as All Blacks fans maintain the rage over 2010 and 2011 acts viewed as cheap shots against Richie McCaw.
Hooper, like New Zealand fullback Israel Dagg, believes the All Blacks supporters should move on, as McCaw has long since done. "I think it's quite unreasonable what the All Blacks supporters are doing to him," Hooper said on Monday. "He's a great player and a great guy so I think everyone who enjoys footy wants to see him do well. I think the booing's a bit below-the-belt sort of stuff. He deserves more than that as a player."
Cooper first earned Kiwis' ire when he shoved McCaw in the back of the head after the Wallabies scored the match-winning try in the 2010 Hong Kong Test. He was then cited, although later cleared, for kneeing McCaw in the head during a pre-World Cup Test in 2011. The New Zealand-born five-eighth was subsequently booed by Kiwi fans whenever he touched the ball during Rugby World Cup 2011, and the sledging appeared to take a toll as he had a mixed campaign.
Hooper has support in the All Blacks camp, with Dagg speaking out after Cooper again copped the boo treatment when he played for the Queensland Reds against the Crusaders in Christchurch earlier this year.
Hooper couldn't say whether the booing bothered Cooper, who played off the bench at ANZ Stadium on Saturday. But he said Cooper should harness the hate. "I can't comment for him, but personally something like that would spur you on so I think he's got it under control."
Luke Donald sits top of the leaderboard at the Nedbank Golf Challenge after play was suspended for the day due to inclement weather
Ronnie O'Sullivan's quest for a fifth UK Championship title ended at the quarter-final stage after a 6-4 defeat to the in-form Stuart Bingham
Former Giro D'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca has been given a life ban from cycling following a third career doping offence
Formula One has made "a foolish move" by scheduling the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Texas on the same day as the NASCAR race in the state
Brendan Rodgers has urged Luis Suarez to give the best years of his career to Liverpool and said he will establish himself as an Anfield legend if he does
The WRU recently awarded President's caps to players who took part in Victory internationals in 1945-6 and internationals against overseas sides in the 1960s and 1970s. Why weren't caps given at the time?
With the next 147 maximum break set to be the 100th in the history of snooker, we look back to the quickest made by 'The Rocket', Ronnie O'Sullivan, when he cleared the table in a record five minutes and 20 seconds
It's time for those running Welsh rugby to stop trying to prevent its players heading to France and to start planning a future without them, writes Martin Williamson
Things look like they can't get much worse for David Moyes. However if you fancy Newcastle to pile some fresh misery on Manchester United, you can back them for victory at Old Trafford at 6/1
Ewen McKenzie displayed a glimpse of a slight grin after his Wallabies had defeated Wales, and Greg Growden believes the Moai of Australian rugby is excused his brief moment of frivolity
Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to David Beckham, who will follow his former Manchester United manager into retirement at the end of the season insisting it was the right time for the former England captain to hang up his boots
Aaron Ramsey's scintillating form for Arsenal has caught the attention of Barcelona, with the Catalan club's scouts present at the last four matches the Welshman has played in
Liverpool and Manchester United are ready to snap up Pedro, as the Barcelona star reportedly says he would leave his boyhood club to play in the Premier League
UEFA president Michel Platini has joked that FIFA deliberately pushed back voting on the 2013 Ballon d'Or award to give Cristiano Ronaldo a better chance of winning
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has revealed the club are seriously pursuing the opportunity of having a B side competing in the Football League
FIFA have caused more than their fair share of confusion in announcing the procedure for Friday's World Cup draw, with the mysterious "Pot X" ensuring plenty of head-scratching
Last Saturday in Quebec Tony Bellew from Liverpool was paid well but discovered just how painful it can be to try and win a world title in the champion's backyard
Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner
After each round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC brings you its Team of the Weekend. Selected by our panel of ESPN FC experts, 11 star performers, plus a manager, are carefully chosen
ESPNcricinfo previews the third Twenty20 international between Pakistan and England, in Abu Dhabi