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Quade Cooper: Former Wallabies fly-half refused Australian citizenship despite playing 70 Tests for national team

Quade Cooper played 70 Tests for Australia over a nine-year period, representing the Wallabies at two World Cups; the fly-half made his debut against Italy in Padova in November 2008, and his final Test came against the same opposition in Brisbane in June 2017

Rugby Union - Killik Cup - Barbarians v Australia - Twickenham
Australia's Quade Cooper during the Killik Cup match at Twickenham, London.
Picture by: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images
Date taken: 01-Nov-2014
Image: Quade Cooper represented Australia at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups

Former Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper said his application for Australian citizenship had been rejected despite playing 70 times for the national team.

Cooper, who was born in Auckland and has a New Zealand passport, moved to Australia with his family aged 13.

The 33-year-old played for the Wallabies from 2008 to 2017, including at two World Cups.

Cooper posted a screenshot of a response to his application from Australia's Home Affairs department on Tuesday, and said "wearing the green and gold 70 times apparently is not enough these days..."

The letter said Cooper had not provided evidence to satisfy the special residency requirements, which refers to "persons engaging in activities of benefit to Australia" and "persons engaged in particular kinds of work requiring regular travel outside of Australia".

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Cooper, who currently plays for Japanese side Kintetsu Liners, was denied the chance to be selected for the Australian rugby sevens team for the 2016 Rio Olympics because he was not deemed a citizen.

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