8 Aug 2013

Cooper bracing himself for more flak

8:20 am on 8 August 2013

Quade Cooper is resigned to being New Zealand's public enemy No.1 for the rest of his career and the recalled Wallaby says he's already bracing for more crowd abuse from All Blacks fans.

New Zealand-born Cooper earned the dubious honour three years ago amid his running battle with the All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, and the playmaker's popularity slumped to a nasty low during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

But even McCaw has grown tired of the taunts and he's appealed to New Zealand fans to back off after Cooper was jeered endlessly in the Crusaders' Super Rugby semi-final win over the Queensland Reds in Christchurch two weeks ago.

Cooper admits he is at least mentally preparing for the flak to fly his way when, as expected, he is reinstated to the Wallabies line-up for back-to-back Tests against the All Blacks in Sydney and Wellington this month.