On Sunday morning the return of uncapped Wallaby Duncan Paia’aua raised eyebrows across the country.
But nothing could have prepared for the tremor that was about to rock Australian rugby.
Four eventful years after coming off the bench for his 70th Test, Quade Cooper will return to the Wallabies squad for the upcoming Bledisloe series.
A Rugby Australia spokesperson confirmed the 33-year-old would join the Wallabies in camp this week after meeting with coach Dave Rennie in recent days.
James O’Connor’s injury-riddled Test season to date has given Cooper a chance to resurrect his career, which came to a messy end under former coach Michael Cheika.
Cooper has never retired from international rugby and after leaving the Melbourne Rebels following the 2019 Super Rugby campaign made the move north to Japan along with long-time teammate Will Genia.
It’s unlikely he will play.