Quade Cooper hit with fine and suspended ban for criticising Australia set-up
Fly-half Quade Cooper has been hit with a hefty fine and banned for three games after criticising the Australia set-up.
Last Updated: 21/11/12 8:44am
Last month Cooper took to Twitter to hit out at the "toxic" environment within the national squad and also called into question the defensive style of Deans.
The 24-year-old then repeated his grievances on a television programme less than a week later, insisting he did not want to be a part of the Australia squad under the current regime because it was "destroying" him as a player and a person.
On Wednesday Cooper was asked to explain his comments before an Australian Rugby Union disciplinary hearing, but was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute and hit with a Aus$60,000 fine and a ban.
However, the three-match ban was suspended as was $20,000 of the fine on the proviso that Cooper stays out of trouble for the next two years - meaning he will be available for national selection once he recovers from an ongoing knee injury.
"It was a very fair hearing and I was very happy with the outcome," Cooper declared afterwards.
"Obviously, the sentence that has been handed to me, I have full respect for that and I understand that I fell well below par in what it means to be a Wallaby... my apologies.
"From now on, I'm just looking forward to the future - hopefully having a big year, with not only my state but the Wallabies."