Former Wallabies star talks about his struggles with his Māoritanga

Publish Date
Monday, 27 August 2018, 2:59PM

Quade Cooper has talked openly about his troubles with his cultural identity after moving to Australia from Aotearoa as a teen. 

Cooper, who is Ngāpuhi, played 70 tests for the Wallabies and was dropped from the Queensland Reds Super Rugby squad at the end of 2017. He is currently playing for a provincial team in Brisbane as he looks to make his comeback to Super Rugby. 

 

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In an interview with TVNZ's Marae, Cooper talked about criticism he got for playing rugby for Australia. 

"A lot of times people criticise me because I played for Australia.

"A lot of times I have felt it's a bit true because I don't necessarily know enough about my family or my heritage."

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He also said sometimes he didn't feel worthy of being Māori. 

"Living in Australia, it's not right on your doorstep ... but I think being Māori is something that's inside you."

Cooper would also one day like to play for the Māori All Blacks.

"If I was ever able to play for the Māori one day, that would be another step in that journey"