Queensland runs rule over injured Wallabies star

QUADE Cooper, so integral to the Queensland Reds' Super 15 campaign, will be given every chance to turn out in their opening fixture against the Brumbies on Saturday.

The playmaker (pictured) was stretchered from the field in the last minute of an 18-13 trial loss to the Melbourne Rebels on Friday night after taking a hit to the back and slumping to the ground.

An MRI scan and X-rays cleared the Wallabies back of any serious injury and he was expected to undergo a fitness test yesterday to give him the nod for training.

Mike Harris, who has looked good in the trials, is the likely stand-in.

If Cooper does play the Reds will start favourites.

Former Wallaby Stephen Larkham, who is now the Brumbies coach, stoked the fires ahead of the clash saying his flyhalf Matt Toomua is a better choice for the Australian side than Cooper.


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