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Elsom has no tips for Cooper on league

By Ed Jackson 20/08/2010 02:52:37 PM Comments (0)

Wallabies skipper Rocky Elsom may have spent two years in rugby league but he doubts Quade Cooper will be seeking him out for advice about the code.

Elsom spent two seasons with the Bulldogs, winning a Jersey Flegg (lower-grade) premiership in 2001 before returning to rugby union in 2003.

But the 27-year-old never made an NRL first-grade appearance and he laughed off a question about whether Cooper, who is weighing up whether to stick with the Australian Rugby Union or take up a big-money offer from the Parramatta Eels, had sought his counsel about league.

"I played Jersey Flegg with the Bulldogs (but) ... I guess he wouldn't be looking to go straight into a Jersey Flegg side so I don't know how much advice I could give him," Elsom told reporters on Friday.

Elsom and Cooper flew out with their Wallaby teammates on Friday ahead of two Tri-Nations Tests against South Africa.

And the flanker said they would welcome getting out of the media glare that has accompanied Cooper all week.

"There are some positives to getting over there," Elsom said.

Far from being a disruptive influence however, Elsom says Cooper has stuck to his task well during the Wallabies' week-long camp in Coogee and he should be fully focused on helping Australia end a 47-year wait for a win on South Africa's high veldt.

"He's applied himself to his work," Elsom said.

"He's been fine I think but there's often a lot of things going on outside training so we expect everyone to be switched on and giving 100 per cent.

"He's been doing that this week despite everything that's been going on."

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans also dismissed suggestions his playmaker might not be 100 per cent ready for the task at hand when Australia land in South Africa.

"He'll make those (contract) decisions when he's able," Deans said.

"He's not the only one who has decisions to make, it's just his happens to be more public.

"It's not even worth wasting any time on to be honest. The reality is he's a Wallaby, right now, and we've got Test matches to play."

The Wallabies play their first of two Tests in South Africa against the Springboks at Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday week.

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