Cooper's desperate plea after citizenship verdict

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Quade Cooper is hopeful different New Zealand-born Wallaby volition beryllium capable to payment from caller changes to Australia's eligibility rules aft passing the country's citizenship test.

Shortly aft sitting the trial successful Japan, wherever helium plays for the Hanazono Kintetsu Liners, Cooper took to societal media to uncover helium passed but not earlier shedding airy connected the plight of erstwhile teammate Joe Tomane, who Cooper said was "locked out" of Australia this twelvemonth and forced to alert to New Zealand.

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Born successful Palmerston North earlier moving to Australia astatine a young age, Tomane played for the Melbourne Storm and Gold Coast Titans successful the NRL anterior to switching codes, wherever helium earned 17 caps for the Wallabies betwixt 2012-2015.

"My member and Wallabies teammate Joe Tomane was locked retired of the state he's lived successful since mince months of property and forced to alert and quarantine successful NZ earlier this twelvemonth due to the fact that helium besides didn't acceptable the criteria of what it took to beryllium identified arsenic Australian... contempt lasting side-by-side successful the Green and Gold," Cooper wrote connected Instagram.

"Hopefully helium volition beryllium the adjacent idiosyncratic to payment from this instrumentality alteration and beryllium capable to alert location to his household and friends soon."

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Cooper was calved successful Auckland and moved to Australia astatine 13. But contempt playing 75 tests for the Wallabies, helium had 4 erstwhile citizenship applications knocked backmost owed to unsocial difficulties helium faced gathering the requirements arsenic an planetary sportsman.

Quade Cooper of the Wallabies successful enactment this twelvemonth (Getty)

The 33-year-old was fixed wide backing aft explaining his touring docket and stints overseas meant helium couldn't conscionable the rules which request citizenship applicants indispensable person lived successful Australia for the past 4 years and not beryllium absent for much than 12 months during that time.

The regulations besides stated they can't person been retired of the state for much than 90 days during the twelvemonth earlier applying.

Yet successful September, the migration curate Alex Hawke confirmed the regularisation alteration that would let much flexibility for worthy applicants including apical athletes, artists, concern radical and scientists.

Cooper was grateful conscionable to beryllium capable to beryllium the trial but, contempt immoderate "difficult questions", helium had much crushed to observe connected Friday.

"Crazy time today, not going to lie," helium wrote. "I was ace tense arsenic determination were immoderate hard questions connected the citizenship trial and I felt that if I failed, everyone's efforts whitethorn person been for nothing. But successful truth, the instrumentality alteration itself is the victory.

"Ps I passed."

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