Quade Cooper: Former Wallabies player denied Australian citizenship after representing the country 70 times


Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Cooper moved to Australia with his family when he was 13 but still holds New Zealand citizenship, according to CNN affiliate Seven News.

The 33-year-old represented Australia as a member of the Wallabies between 2008 and 2017, notably at two World Cups.

Cooper posted the Twitter about his rejected request on Tuesday, next to a photo of the letter he received from the Australian Government’s Home Office.
Quade Cooper
“Embarrassing moment @ausgov is (again) refusing your citizenship applications!” Cooper tweeted. “Wearing green and gold 70 times is apparently not enough these days.”

The Government’s letter indicates that it had not provided evidence to meet the special residency requirements, which refer to “persons carrying out activities benefiting Australia” and “persons carrying out particular types of work requiring regular trips outside Australia “.

A spokesperson for the Home Office said he was not commenting on individual cases, but added that rugby union “is not listed in the legislative instrument as an eligible activity or type of work. for the purposes of the special residence requirement “.

Cooper has previously said he did not play for Australia’s rugby sevens team at the Rio 2016 Olympics because he was unable to obtain citizenship, according to Seven News.

The rules for participating in the Olympics differ from those for rugby union and other international sports as they require athletes to hold citizenship to represent a country in the competition.

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