SYDNEY - Quade Cooper's future in the Wallabies jersey is set to come under close scrutiny at an Australian Rugby Union code of conduct hearing next week into comments he made criticising the national team.
The recalcitrant playmaker will face an ARU hearing in Sydney on Wednesday over a charge of bringing the game into disrepute following incendiary comments to the media and on his Twitter account. Senior Wallabies players are understood to be keen to see Cooper punished for the latest in a litany of off-field discretions.
The Queensland five-eighth's public airing of his vitriolic criticism of the Wallabies set-up under coach Robbie Deans has deeply angered current and former players and coaching staff.
That in itself could ensure the hardline precedent over player misbehaviour set by the ARU when winger Lote Tuqiri's multi-million dollar contract was torn up in 2009 for off field indiscretions could be followed.