The mere fact that a kiwi born boy like Quade called Australia home, as do hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders, is a case in point. He is well aware and proud of his kiwi heritage but for him Aussie is home and he wears the Aussie jersey proudly.
We think that Cooper is an outstanding athlete - he is Sean Maitland's cousin so his sporting lineage goes back aways.
So despite the loss to the kiwis last night one of the big names in Australia sports writing is calling on his country to get behind the kiwis in their quest for the cup.
We agree. The All Blacks French final should see the All Blacks trump the Frogs. And while the world knows the strength of our rivalry with Australia the world may not realise that we have never got over the Gallic bastards coming over here to blow up a boat in our waters.