22 Nov 2012

ARU says Cooper's contract was substantial

11:47 am on 22 November 2012

The Australian Rugby Union has slammed suggestions that Quade Cooper was offered an inferior "rookie contract" to drive him out of the game.

David Nucifora, the national high performance unit boss, who was closely involved in putting together Cooper's contract, said any suggestions the ARU wanted to ditch the controversial Queensland Reds star were way off the mark, and he was presented with a substantial offer.

Nucifora hasn't heard anything from Cooper's camp, but his manager Khoder Nasser says there'll be a press conference next week.