News 15 may — 14:46

Cooper recovers from head-knock, Toomua on bench for Rebels


Former Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper has passed concussion protocols to retain the number 10 jersey for the Melbourne Rebels, while new recruit Matt Toomua has been named in the reserves for the home Super Rugby match against the Bulls, Euronews reports.

Cooper suffered a head-knock in the win over the Queensland Reds over the weekend but had pulled up "fine", Rebels coach Dave Wessels told reporters on Wednesday.

"He's passed all of those (concussion) markers, so he's feeling good," said Wessels.

Wallabies inside centre Toomua only arrived back in Australia on Monday after being released by English club Leicester Tigers a week early.

Wessels, who coached Toomua at the ACT Brumbies as a defensive consultant to former head coach Jake White, said the 29-year-old would be ready to make an impact despite still getting to know his new team mates and the game-plan.

"We're delighted to have him," said Wessels.

"As we build to the back end of the season, (Toomua) being able to relieve some pressure on Quade playing every single minute is very helpful."

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