Tri-Nations - Australia appeal Cooper suspension

Reuters - Mon, 26 Jul 09:33:00 2010

Australia have appealed against the two-week ban handed to fly-half Quade Cooper for a dangerous tackle in their Tri-Nations victory against South Africa last weekend.

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The suspension came after Cooper was cited for a tackle on Morne Steyn during the 30-13 win over the Springboks on Saturday in Melbourne, ruling him out of two Tri-Nations matches against the All Blacks.

Springbok centre Jaque Fourie received a four-week ban for another dangerous tackle in the same match but will miss just one Tri-Nations Test.

"SANZAR today received an appeal lodged by the Australian Rugby Union on Cooper's behalf," said a statement issued by the tournament organisers.

"Details of when the appeal will be heard will be advised tomorrow."

New Zealand-born Cooper was hoping to make his first start against the All Blacks in Melbourne on Saturday.


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