sport news Australia's Quade Cooper has defended his friendship with England's Marcus Smith trends now

sport news Australia's Quade Cooper has defended his friendship with England's Marcus Smith trends now
sport news Australia's Quade Cooper has defended his friendship with England's Marcus Smith trends now

sport news Australia's Quade Cooper has defended his friendship with England's Marcus Smith trends now

Australia's Quade Cooper hails England star Marcus Smith and hopes they can 'build friendship' because 'we are all here to help each other grow' as pair get set to lock horns in diplomatic three Test series Australia's Quade Cooper has defended his friendship with Marcus Smith  The Wallabies No10 says he can 'not speak highly enough' of the England fly-half  Cooper has vowed to keep helping out Smith despite the fierce rivalry  England will begin their test series against Australia in Perth on Saturday July 2 

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Diplomacy continued to dominate the build-up to England’s series with Australia yesterday as Quade Cooper vowed to keep helping out Marcus Smith.

England were braced for an onslaught of hostility Down Under but the Wallabies, who are based 2,700 miles away on the Gold Coast, are yet to engage.

Sunday night’s State of Origin rivalry has dominated the talk in Perth, where hotels have been packed out with rugby league fans wearing blue and maroon.

Australia's Quade Cooper (pictured) has defended his friendship with Marcus Smith

Australia's Quade Cooper (pictured) has defended his friendship with Marcus Smith

Cooper says he established a good replationship with Smith (pictured) through social media

Cooper says he established a good replationship with Smith (pictured) through social media

Wallabies coach Davie Rennie heaped praise on England in yesterday’s The West Australian newspaper, predicting a different beast to the team who lost to the Barbarians. No 10 Cooper has been offering tips to Smith over the last year and the mercurial playmaker said he would continue sharing information for the sport’s greater good.

‘One of my best mates, Ben Tapuai, was playing for Harlequins and I followed them quite closely,’ said Cooper. ‘Marcus followed me on Instagram and we ended up trading a few messages. I am big fan of the way he plays. He is a

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