Australia hopeful on ill Quade Cooper

Quade Cooper
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The Wallabies are confident that Quade Cooper will recover from flu in time for Tri-Nations opener.

The Wallabies are confident that fly-half Quade Cooper will overcome illness in time for their Tri-Nations opening match against South Africa on Saturday.

The New Zealand-born 23-year-old missed training on Friday with a bout of flu.

Skipper Rocky Elsom believes that Cooper will be fine in time for the opener at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.

"If he's not feeling that well, it's probably a good move not to train but I think he'll be fine tomorrow," the captain said at a press conference.

Cooper was replaced in training by full-back Kurtley Beale, but if the illness persists it could mark a return to the squad for the ousted Matt Giteau.

Giteau was dropped from the starting lineup following Australia’s shock defeat to Samoa on Saturday.