SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 28: Quade Cooper of the Barbarians looks on during the match between the Australian Wallabies and the Barbarians at Allianz Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams has backed in exiled rugby union star Quade Cooper to be successful if he switches codes to rugby league.

Cooper was told by coach Brad Thorn that he was no longer wanted by the Queensland Reds, leaving the playmaker in contract limbo.

He is expected to play in the National Rugby Championship starting September 1, but his future beyond that is unknown despite being contracted for 2019.

And Williams declared that should Cooper “will go magnificently” should he elect to go down the rugby league path.

“I think he would go magnificently,” Williams told Sunday Night with Matty Johns.

“From what I’ve seen, his skills are second to none.

“It’d be awesome to see him in a set-up like Melbourne or the Roosters or somewhere where they’ve got a good system in.

“Just imagine him running behind a forward pack that’s going forward and him doing his magic.”



  1. At 31 at the beginning of the 2019 League season, he has left this option to late in life to make a success of it. Cooper is failing in Union so how could he make it in the professional big time League.👎

  2. SBW wouldn’t have a clue. The fact that he is not wanted in a hopeless Reds outfit says something about his ability. He is a worse defender than James Maloney.

  3. He would be a good pick up for sure, can play, Easts will probably sign him to tempt Sonny back, imagine if they both for next season and still have nearly a million to spend on the cap!!

    • You obviously haven’t seen him play. He would go alright if it was a touch competition. No NRL club would shelve out the money he would want.

  4. Could be a good Half for Melbourne. Big body good defender can kick long and shot very well An a got good ball skills. Would love to see him take the rains at Melbourne

  5. Would like to see this lineup next year
    1 Munster
    2 Vunivalu
    3 Chambers
    4 Scott
    5 Addo-Carr
    6 Cooper
    7 Croft
    8 Bromwich
    9 Smith
    10 Asofa-Solomona
    11 Kaufusi
    12 Stimson
    13 Finucane

    14 Smith
    15 Bromwich
    16 Welch
    17 Vete/Kasiano

  6. Croft I think should be the Half back Munster wants to play Fullback an Cooper is the Strick power working with Croft Munster an Cam Smith would be a strong Spin that’s for sure

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