Quade Cooper out of Rugby Championship

Last updated 21:00 18/09/2012
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QUADE COOPER: The Wallabies' first-five will miss the rest of the Rugby Championship with a knee injury.

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 Australia first five-eighth Quade Cooper will miss the rest of the Rugby Championship due to a knee injury.

Cooper underwent scans on his right knee in Brisbane on Tuesday which revealed a small chip of articular cartilage which will require surgery.

It is the same knee which was operated on after last year's world cup but, according to a Wallabies statement, the injury is not long-term and the enigmatic Cooper is expected to be available for Australia's spring tour of France, England, Italy and Wales in November.

The injury compounds a troublesome season for Cooper. He put in one of his worst Test efforts of his 38-cap career in the Wallabies' come-from-behind win over Argentina last Saturday night on the Gold Coast.

The Queensland playmaker made a string of errors that contributed to Australia trailing 19-6 before they rallied late to win 23-19.

Cooper also missed the Reds' Super Rugby qualifying final defeat in July due to suspension.

Ironically, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said after the win over the Pumas that injury worries within the squad were likely to spare Cooper the axe following his below par performance.

Australia's squad for their final two Rugby Championship Tests in South Africa and Argentina will be named on Wednesday.

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