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Cooper stays a Wallaby

Star Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper has set his sights on next year's World Cup after re-signing with the Australian Rugby Union on Friday.

The 22-year-old put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the ARU and the Queensland Reds.

The announcement ends months of speculation over Cooper's future with NRL club Parramatta Eels, who were interested in offering him 1.5million dollars over three seasons to switch codes.

"I'm loving my rugby at the moment," he said ahead of the Sydney showdown with the All Blacks.

"I wanted to stay and I wanted to bring it to a head now because these negotiations have taken time - but that's to be expected because we're talking about my future."

"It was time to bring some certainty to my future and now I can focus on what's approaching, including the 2011 World Cup."

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans was delighted with the news and looks forward to Cooper playing an integral part in Australia's World Cup campaign.

"Quade's decision to remain in Rugby is great news for the Wallabies and Australian Rugby in general," he said.

"It allows Quade to continue with his development as a player in our environment where we have no doubt he has a lot more to offer in the build up to next year's Rugby World Cup."


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