Cooper To Lead Reds In Last Wallabies Audition

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Mercurial flyhalf Quade Cooper will captain the Queensland Reds when they take on the British and Irish Lions in Brisbane on Saturday in his last chance to persuade Australia coach Robbie Deans to give him a spot in the Wallabies squad.

Mercurial flyhalf Quade Cooper will captain the Queensland Reds when they take on the British and Irish Lions in Brisbane on Saturday in his last chance to persuade Australia coach Robbie Deans to give him a spot in the Wallabies squad.

Cooper was controversially omitted from the Wallabies' preliminary squad to take on the touring Lions in the three-test series, with Deans concerned about a perceived defensive frailty, but he could win one of the final six additional berths to be named next Tuesday.

The New Zealand-born playmaker will lead a team shorn of seven other capped Wallabies at Lang Park in an honour that Reds coach Ewen McKenzie said was well deserved.

"Quade is a proven winner and real facilitator of success here at the Reds and the reality is that we win more games with him in the side," McKenzie said in a statement.

"But, what most people don't know or see is the responsibility and ownership he takes on with regards to our gameplan."