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Cooper returns to training after winning bout
ESPN Staff
January 31, 2014
Quade Cooper returned to training only hours after his flurry of fists won him a second boxing bout © Getty Images

Just hours after his return to the boxing ring with his fists of fury earning him a second win, Quade Cooper was back to the rugby pitch, fronting up at the Reds 7:30am team meeting. He was fully involved in the following high paced 60-minute attack session, which is where the Reds look to improve the most after crossing the line only 31 times last year, going tryless in five games.

"Quade has always put rugby No.1. He hasn't missed a session because of his boxing and was fully into it at the team session,'' Reds coach Richard Graham told News Corp. "Players put in 18 hours a week on the field, in strength and conditioning and in meetings but it's those who are disciplined beyond that who are the highest achievers. Boxing has added more discipline to Quade's habits and he sees the benefits. It's a win for us.''

His patience before unleashing a left-right combination to flatten Tresidder had a rugby lesson too.

"I was most proud of not sprinting and trying to do everything in 30 seconds,'' said Cooper, who was sometimes guilty of just that as a teenage footy prodigy. "Just staying composed and sticking to the game plan was really pleasing because I didn't start to freak out when I was hit once or twice.

"It was a great experience. I don't think I needed anything to whet the appetite more [for boxing]. My passion is to continue. Those discussions [with ARU boss Pulver] are ahead but my focus for the rest of the year now is doing all I can for the Reds and, hopefully, the Wallabies.'' Do not expect the ring announcer's nickname attempt with "the quintessential Quade 'Super' Cooper'' to stick or be copied on to a Reds jersey.

"I'm not in a position to be able to get a boxing nickname after only two fights and my shoulders aren't that wide to wear those words," Cooper said.

Graham confirmed the Wallabies star would be front and centre in the Reds' opening trial against the champion Chiefs in Toowoomba tomorrow week.

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