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Cooper fined for driving without licence

By David Barbeler 28/06/2010 06:06:01 PM Comments (0)

Wallabies star Quade Cooper's amazing rise has hit a worrying speedbump with a swag of traffic offences further threatening his burgeoning but insecure career.

In a week where Cooper was already set to front court on burglary charges, he made a surprise appearance on Monday when fined $400 and disqualified from driving for six months.

With the Australian Rugby Union due to review a personal development program next week, the 22-year-old's signature timing couldn't have deserted him at a worse time.

Cooper also failed to notify the ARU and QRU about his Brisbane Magistrates Court appearance after he was charged with driving without a licence last week.

The Australian Super 14 player of the year was pulled over for a random licence check following a Wallabies training session at Ballymore on Tuesday.

Cooper pleaded guilty to the charge but his lawyer, Liam Burrow, told the court it was an honest oversight.

The court heard Cooper, who had previously been suspended from driving, had incurred 13 demerit points on his licence since February 2008, including four in the past year.

Mr Burrow said Cooper moved house in March, had failed to update his address details and didn't receive a letter advising his licence would be suspended for six months from May 20.

Mr Burrow said the first Cooper knew of the suspension was last week and asked for an absolute discharge.

But Ms Daley disagreed, saying the matter "was not a trivial one".

She said he should have known his demerit points were once again nearing suspension due to his extensive traffic history.

"I just don't think you can turn a blind eye to these issues when you're chalking up points," she told Cooper.

Outside the court, Cooper remained tight lipped and was hurried into a waiting BMW by his lawyers.

It's understood Cooper, man of the match in both of the Wallabies last two Test victories this month, believed his most recent brush with the law would escape media attention.

But an ARU spokesman said the governing body was disappointed to be kept in the dark.

"We were unaware of this issue until this morning but we'll wait to see what occurs on Friday before deciding what, if anything, we do from there on both matters," he said.

Cooper, charged with burglary on December 6 last year, is expected to plead not guilty when he faces Southport Magistrates Court on Friday.

For all the extra pressure the charges had brought upon Cooper, he had impressed Reds and Wallabies officials and teammates with his on and off field responses until Monday.

"The best thing about everything that has happened is he has learned it's not all about him, he's matured as a person and as a bloke and he's realised his actions affect not only himself but everyone else around him," Reds skipper Will Genia said.

But his mentor, former Wallabies great Tim Horan, said he must continue to learn from his mistakes and improve his driving.

"He's a role model now and he has to understand that," Horan told AAP.

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