Cooper not focussed on captaincy
Rejuvenated Reds and Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper claims he is not thinking about replacing Ben Mowen as Australia's captain.
While Mowen, who skippered his country during their European tour of November, is leaving to pursue opportunities in French rugby, 29-year-old Cooper has been touted as a possible replacement.
It would mark an incredible turnaround for the pivot, who found himself frozen out of the Wallabies set-up under Robbie Deans, and only returned with Ewen McKenzie's appointment to the top job.
Since then, Cooper has been something of a model pupil; rediscovering his dazzling best form in the Test arena, while also being trusted with the vice-captaincy by ex-Reds boss McKenzie.
"For me I've got to focus on my boxing fight coming up and then doing my best for the Queensland Reds and hopefully being a part of the Wallabies moving forward," Cooper told ABC.
"So I'm not thinking about captaincy, I'm thinking of playing well for the team that I'm a part of and hopefully being able to step up and re-join the Wallabies.
"It's great to be spoken about in that light with guys throwing up my name with the possibility of being a Wallaby captain.
"I look back six months and think there is no way it could have happened or even been thrown in as a possibility. I know the hard work is paying off.
"I just had to go out there and do the things that was asked of me and then away form the game work as hard as possible to set a good example for the guys around me.
"I think that is one of the things I learned from this tour and something that I'll continue to work at."