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Aussie centre charged with burglary

Updated: Sunday, 06 Dec 2009 12:50

Quade Cooper can't prevent Tommy Bowe scoring a try during the recent draw at Croke Park
Quade Cooper can't prevent Tommy Bowe scoring a try during the recent draw at Croke Park

Australia centre Quade Cooper has been charged with burglary and will appear in court next week, rugby officials have said.

Police would not specifically name Cooper, 21, but a Queensland Rugby Union spokesman told Reuters that the international had been charged with burglary.

‘We are still trying to establish the full facts of the matter but that is our understanding,’ the spokesman said. ‘There is no running away from that. That is correct.’

Queensland police said a 21-year-old man had been charged with one count of burglary following an alleged break-in at the resort of Surfers Paradise in the early hours of Sunday.

The man was arrested near the scene, a police spokeswoman told Reuters, and was released later on bail. The man is due to appear at the local Southport Magistrates Court on 11 December.

Cooper was born in New Zealand but moved to Australia when he was 15, making his home in Queensland state. He made his test debut in 2008 and featured in all of Australia's November internationals against England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.