Born/ home town
: Golf, NBA, NFLQualifications
: Cert IV & Diploma of Business10 years from now I'll be...
a stay-at-home dadDescribe yourself in three words
: Fun, awesome, sortIf I wasn't playing rugby league, I'd be a...
pro golferFavourite movie
: Major PayneFavourite holiday destination
: NYCRole model
: Aaron PayneBiggest career achievement so far
: Greatest rats-tail grown in NRL historyBest off-field achievement
: Getting marriedBiggest career challenge so far
: Putting up with Tatey's whingingWhat do you like most about playing league?
Being competitive week in, week outMost respected opponent
: Petero CivonicevaFavourite rugby league players of all time
: BeaverFirst team you ever played league for
: Murgon MustangsBest career advice you were ever given
: Pull your head in, this won't last foreverTraining/ fitness tip
: If you're not first, you're lastTraining diet tip
: No carbs after dark
Originally from the South Burnett region, Cooper came north to start his professional rugby league career in 2003 and played 18 games for the Cowboys in the 2006 season, before heading to the Gold Coast Titans for their inaugural year.
He played 36 times for the Coast across two seasons and then made 40 appearances for Penrith in 2009 and 2010 before returning to North Queensland on a two-year contract as an accomplished back-rower.
He was rewarded with the Cowboys’ clubman of the year award for his on and off-field work in 2011 and had amassed 166 NRL appearances by the end of the 2013 season.
Cooper received his first senior representative call-up when he played for the Prime Minister’s XIII in their 50-10 win against Papua New Guinea in September 2013 and was also a member of the Kangaroos’ World Cup training squad.
Photo: Colin Whelan | nrlphotos.com