Wallabies' Quade Cooper re-joins Queensland Reds

Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper will make his return to Australia and Queensland Reds after signing a three-year deal.

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Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper will make his return to Australia and Queensland Reds after signing a three-year deal.

Cooper, 28, spent a season at French club Toulon, but returns to Reds – where he played 105 Super Rugby matches and won the 2011 title.

A veteran of 59 Tests, Cooper said his desire to continue playing for the Wallabies was behind his decision.

"For me, playing at the highest level for the Wallabies against the best teams in the world, week in, week out is the ultimate, and it will always be the pinnacle of our sport," he said.

"Being back in Australia and having the opportunity to play for the Wallabies is something that drives me every day and being around my friends and family in Queensland is equally important for me.

"We have a good opportunity in the coming weeks to put some of the hard work we've done into action, and I know my team-mates and I are looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead."

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika believes Cooper's return is sure to be positive for both Reds and the national team.

He said: "I am very pleased that Quade has decided to return to Australia to play his rugby.

"His return brings back his trademark flair and x-factor but also, after his experience overseas, a wiser approach to the way he can lead the team around the field.

"I really believe he will make a big impact on the game both for Queensland and for the national team."

The Wallabies are under pressure after back-to-back losses to the All Blacks to start the Rugby Championship.

Australia's next outing is a clash against South Africa in Brisbane on September 10.

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