‘He knew it was the right thing to do… respect’: Rugby star Quade Cooper buys homeless man food and drink in classy gesture caught on camera
- Melbourne Rebels star Quade Cooper gave food to homeless man
- The 30-year-old fly half was filmed by his fitness coach giving away the meal
- Video was uploaded to Instagram and received dozens of positive comments
- Cooper preparing for comeback to Super Rugby with Rebels
Australian rugby star Quade Cooper has been praised for giving food to a homeless man.
The Melbourne Rebels fly half, 30, was filmed by his fitness coach giving a meal to the man on Lonsdale Street in Melbourne’s CBD last Sunday.
The video was uploaded to Instagram and received dozens of comments from fans praising Cooper for his kind actions.
Melbourne Rebels star Quade Cooper (left with his fitness coach) has been praised for giving food to a homeless man
Cooper’s fitness trainer, who calls himself Coach Sunz, captioned the footage: ‘We walked past this homeless guy yesterday and next thing I’m walking alone because Quade Cooper had gone in the store to buy food for him and set him up for the day.
‘He knew straight away what he needed to do because it was the right thing to do #respect’
He added: ‘This is what the majority do not get to see and we need to be sharing this stuff more often and start celebrating and supporting each other.’
One fan commented: ‘So much respect for this’.
Another wrote: ‘Looks like hes done it a hundred times before. He is a good man!’
It comes after Wallabies star David Pocock on Wednesday hailed Cooper’s return to the Super Rugby fold as a major boost for the sport in Australia.
The pair will face off on Friday night as Cooper makes his debut for Melbourne when the Rebels play Pocock’s Brumbies in Canberra.
The 30-year-old fly half was filmed by his fitness coach giving a meal to the man (pictured) in the CBD at the weekend
Cooper is coming off a year playing club rugby in Brisbane after being shunned by Queensland coach Brad Thorn.
Despite the veteran playmaker not featuring at the top level since 2017, Pocock believes his former Wallabies teammate still has plenty to offer.
‘It’s great for Australian rugby to have players like Quade Cooper in the mix and playing,’ Pocock told reporters on Tuesday.
‘People enjoy watching him play and he’s certainly one of the most-talented players I’ve played alongside and against.’
Cooper and Pocock share a bond from playing schoolboys rugby together in Brisbane.
While they will battle it out twice during the first four rounds of the Super Rugby season, the duo might get another chance to play together.
Cooper, 30, was part of the Wallabies’ camp in January as he looked to earn a spot in a third World Cup squad.
The video was met with dozens of comments from fans praising Cooper for his kind actions