What actually occurred when Quade Cooper confronted All Blacks legend Richie McCaw

Quade Cooper knees Richie McCaw in the head as he gets up from a ruck.

Quade Cooper knees Richie McCaw within the head as he will get up from a ruck.

​Quade Cooper has opened up on why he kneed Richie McCaw within the head.


The 70-test playmaker, who has simply began his first season in Japan’s second division rugby competitors with the Kintetsu Liners, sat down with childhood buddy and former NRL participant Isaac John for an epic debrief on the twists and turns his rugby profession and life have taken.

He admitted for the primary time to intentionally kneeing the “untouchable” All Blacks captain within the lead-up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup and mentioned he was unprepared for what adopted, as a complete nation – the nation through which he grew up – turned on him.

Richie McCaw lines up Quade Cooper during a test between the All Blacks and Wallabies in 2011.



Richie McCaw traces up Quade Cooper throughout a check between the All Blacks and Wallabies in 2011.

“I look again at it now and I wasn’t prepared for it,” Cooper, 31, informed John’s podcast The Ice Venture.

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“I had the expectation of 2011 (when the Reds received the Tremendous Rugby title) of taking part in good soccer however now I had the strain of all these guys hating me as nicely, and an entire nation, not simply the rugby public. I could not go wherever. I used to be on the crew bus and there have been indicators ‘I hope you break your leg, I hope you die on this sport’.

“If I had my time once more, [because] I understand how to deal with it now, I’d simply say, ‘Yeah I did it, so what?’. Not ‘So what?’, however ‘It is a part of footy, it was a nasty play however I did it’, so what might folks say?”.


Cooper revealed he approached McCaw years later to come clean with the act.

“A number of years later I’ve seen Richie within the airport and I went as much as him and mentioned, ‘Sorry about that’,” he mentioned.


“It is not that he did not care or he did care however, after I mentioned sorry to him, I confronted it and mentioned, ‘I actually appeared as much as you as a child, you had been my idol, everybody in New Zealand loves you and I cherished you, so after I performed in opposition to you it was simply emotion, ardour took over, you had been taking part in soiled on me and I kneed you.

“He is top-of-the-line at [dirty play].”