In his first season with the RaboDirect Rebels, Cooper Vuna exploded onto the Super Rugby scene, proving to be one of the competition’s most dynamic ball carriers and the Club’s top try scorer.His form continued into 2012, with Cooper achieving what many had predicted - he gained his first cap for the Wallabies against Scotland in Newcastle, the second Wallaby debutant through the Rebels system.A serious shoulder injury sustained while playing for his local Club, Endeavour Hills, saw him miss most of 2012, which would have seen the Wallaby winger feature heavily in the Rugby Championships. Although only his second year, Cooper’s speed, strength and mercurial ball skills have made him a crowd favourite at AAMI Park and many rugby grounds throughout New Zealand.Cooper’s footballing career began in Auckland, debuting as an 18 year old for the New Zealand Warriors in 2004, before venturing to the Newcastle Knights and cementing his spot in first grade, playing over 50 matches between 2007 and 2010.Vuna plays an active role in the local community, where he is an ambassador for Access Rugby, a Victorian Rugby Union Multicultural Development Program that is designed to engage Indigenous and CALD (Cultural and Linguistically Diverse) Communities through Rugby related activities. One of four brothers and three sisters, Cooper is married with a son and a daughter, and works as a part time disc jockey under the name of DJ VUNA. He has been known to turn up unannounced to play sets for his Rebels teammates during their gym sessions.
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