| 12.5°C Belfast

Cooper enjoying entertaining rugby

Quade Cooper

Fly-half Quade Cooper hopes Australia's forwards can continue to give him and his potent Wallaby backline enough possession to show off the "backyard" rugby that has won them so many plaudits when they face Wales on Saturday.

With the mercurial 22-year-old pulling the strings, Australia have become arguably the most exciting side to watch in the global game.

Asked where their style of play stemmed from, Cooper joked: "From the backyard I guess. There's a lot of enjoyment in being out there playing with your mates on the international stage."

He added: "It's a dream come true and when you enjoy yourself you are going to be more entertaining, not just for the viewers but for us as a team."

However, Cooper was also at pains to point out the effort the eight forwards are putting in to lay the platform for the artisans behind the scrum.

"What open space there is for us is down to the forwards working hard, and they have worked hard," said the Queensland Reds half-back.

"Myself and all the backs, the only way we get to work with the ball is when they work so hard."