Wallabies star Quade Cooper mocks his Australian citizenship rejection as an ‘awkward moment’ – after representing the national rugby team SEVENTY times
- Quade Cooper, 33, represented the Wallabies in 70 Tests from 2008 until 2017
- Born in New Zealand, the fly-half relocated to Brisbane aged 13 with his family
- Application denied because he didn’t ‘engage in activities of benefit to Australia’
Former rugby union star Quade Cooper has publicly criticised the Australian government for refusing his application for citizenship.
Taking to Twitter, Cooper, 33, detailed the ‘awkward moment’ his citizenship application was denied.
With the screenshot of his rejection, Cooper wrote: ‘Awkward moment @ausgov refuse your citizenship application (again). Wearing the green and gold 70 times apparently is not enough these days…’
A formal response from the Home Affairs department stated Cooper failed to engage in ‘activities of benefit to Australia’ or ‘any work requiring frequent travel outside of the country.’
Former rugby union star Quade Cooper (pictured left) has called out the Australian government for refusing his application for citizenship
A frustrated Cooper took to Twitter, outlining his application was rejected after failing to engage in ‘activities of benefit to Australia’ or ‘any work requiring frequent travel outside of the country’ – he played 70 Tests for the Wallabies from 2008-2017
A bemused Cooper also included the bizarre response from the Department of Home Affairs in his tweet on Tuesday after submitting his form
Cooper represented the Wallabies across all parts of the globe from 2008-2017, including two World Cup campaigns.
Paperwork dramas and Cooper seem to go hand in hand.
He was brutally dumped from the Aussie Olympic sevens team in 2016 for the Games in Brazil because he wasn’t deemed a citizen.
Last April, Cooper split from bikini model Laura Dundović after five years together.
The couple began dating in 2014 after meeting through a mutual friend.
Cooper also was a talking point in 2020 when he revealed how a radical ‘carnivore diet’ left him in the best physical shape of his career.
His meal plan of bone broth, rib-eye steaks and oysters had given him more energy and the muscular physique he needs to play a contact sport at the elite level.
‘It does seem strange to a lot of people because what we are told is normal — “eat vegetables otherwise you can’t digest your food” – I’ve had no problems whatsoever,’ Cooper said at the time.
He added he felt gassy and bloated eating more greens and before the diet was already phasing out vegetables before transitioning to the ‘carnivore diet’.
Cooper is currently on the books of Japanese outfit Kintetsu Liners.
Quade Cooper (pictured) represented the Wallabies in 70 Tests – yet had has his application for Australian citizenship again denied