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Gareth Cooper
Gareth Cooper
DOB7th May 1979
BirthplaceBridgend, Wales
Height1.70 m (5' 7")
Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
PositionScrum Half
Test HonoursWales (46 caps)
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Gareth Cooper made his Welsh try-scoring debut against Italy in 2001 and has been a regular in the Welsh squad ever since.
Domestically, scrum half Cooper spent his early career with Bridgend before stints with Bath and the Celtic Warriors, joining the Newport Gwent Dragons in 2004.

He departed the Welsh region at the end of the 2006–2007 season, after a successful year in which he made twenty appearances and scored two tries in the Dragons' European Challenge Cup campaign, for English Premiership side Gloucester. Cooper will remain at Kingsholm until 2009.

Cooper represented Wales Schools, Wales U19 and gained a record breaking 15 caps with Wales U21. He toured with the British and Irish Lions in the summer of 2005 but missed half of the 2005–2006 season after dislocating a shoulder in the RBS Six Nations match against England.

The scrum half received a Wales squad call-up for the 2006 Invesco Perpetual Series and appeared as a replacement against the Pacific Islands. Cooper was included in Gareth Jenkins's squad for Wales's two-Test tour to Australia in May 2007; he came on as a replacement for Mike Phillips in the last ten minutes of the first Test in Sydney.

June saw Cooper named in Gareth Jenkins's 41-man preliminary Rugby World Cup 2007 summer training squad. He played in Wales's Test defeat at Twickenham against England in August and was then included in the final thirty man RWC squad.

Cooper played on one occasion for Wales at the Rugby World Cup, making a try-scoring replacement appearance in the 72-18 victory over Japan at the Millennium Stadium. In January 2008 he was included in Warren Gatland's 2008 RBS Six Nations Wales squad.

With the scrum half position hotly contested, Cooper ousted Dwayne Peel as the number one choice scrum half in Wales during the autumn fixture list. After playing both Tests in the summer out in South Africa, the Gloucester pivot started against the Springboks, New Zealand and Australia.

Injury prevented Cooper participating in the 2009 Six Nations but he returned to figure in both Tests against Canada and USA on the North American tour before joining Cardiff Blues from Gloucester.

Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
07/11/2009
New Zealand







55
21/11/2009
Argentina







66
06/02/2010
England







68
13/02/2010
Scotland







40
Total Played 4 0
0
0
0
0
0
0
229
CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
2009-2010 - Friendly
Wales
2







2009-2010 - Six Nations
Wales
2







2009-2010 Total

4







2008-2009 - Friendly
Wales
3







2008-2009 - Test Matches
Wales
1 +1
1





5
2008-2009 Total

4 +1
1





5
2007-2008 - Friendly
Wales
1







2007-2008 - Rugby World Cup
Wales
0 +1
1





5
2007-2008 - Test Matches
Wales
2
1





5
2007-2008 Total

3 +1
2





10
2006-2007 - Friendly
Wales
0 +2







2006-2007 Total

0 +2







2005-2006 - Friendly
Wales
3 +1







2005-2006 - Six Nations
Wales
0 +1







2005-2006 Total

3 +2







2004-2005 - Friendly
Wales
1 +1
1





5
2004-2005 - Six Nations
Wales
0 +3







2004-2005 - Test Matches
Wales
0 +1
1





5
2004-2005 Total

1 +5
2





10
2003-2004 - Friendly
Wales
1







2003-2004 - Rugby World Cup
Wales
4 +1
2





10
2003-2004 - Six Nations
Wales
5







2003-2004 Total

10 +1
2





10
2002-2003 - Friendly
Wales
2







2002-2003 - Six Nations
Wales
3 +1
1





5
2002-2003 Total

5 +1
1





5
2000-2001 - Friendly
Wales
2







2000-2001 - Six Nations
Wales
1
1





5
2000-2001 Total

3
1





5
Total - Capped Friendly

15 +4
1





5
Total - Six Nations

11 +5
2





10
Total - Rugby World Cup

3 +2
3





15
Total - Rugby World Cup

4 +2
3





15
Total

33 +13
9
0
0
0
0
0
45
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