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Quade Cooper produced a mixed display for Queensland Rebels

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Robbie Deans, the Australia coach, has claimed to be unfazed by a growing injury list and will watch Quade Cooper once more before the squad for the first British and Irish Lions Test is finalised.

Australia captain Michael Clarke (L) and vice-captain Brad Hadden pose in the cockpit of the Qantas A380 that will take them to the UK for the Ashes

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