November 03, 2013, 11:19:45
once touted by resident "experts" to be the next best thing is currently a shattered player. Blessed with great hands, a good turn swerve and step, bunny jumps and 'Roo hops, combined with more tricks than a combo of Houdini and David Copperfield, one can only feel sorry for him. Like a Rabbitt staring into the lights of an oncoming car, kness shaking, lips quivering and a jaw as slack as toothpaste why wouldn't anyone pity this once enigmatic player who had the Oz rugby fraternity feeding from his hands.
So where did it all sour for him?
I'd like to point to his off the ball stuff with McCaw, coupled with some bad off the field behaviour. A zero defence didn't help either and of course a non performing Wallaby side who couldn't buy a win against average sides. It all came crashing down on him at RWC 2011 when a tolerant NZ media cut loose on him and Kiwi rugby fans finished him off with allround boos whenever he touched the ball. Matters only got worse when he twisted his knee and had to go home. The fact is that by then the Quaadupe had lost all confidence, a distinct disadvantage for somene who heavily relies on confidence.
If I was McKenzie I'd allow him leave of abscence until the Wallaby side regains it's mojo and perhaps away from the expectation of winning Quade Cooper might gather himself and reappear with confidence restored after having played at S15 level.