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Cooper in contention for Rio Sevens

Quade Cooper is targeting a place in Australia's Sevens squad for the Rio Olympic Games after being given the green light by Toulon.

The fly-half will link up with the Australian Sevens programme for the Sydney, Paris and London legs of Sevens World Series.

Cooper, who has struggled to make an impact during his time with European champions Toulon, said the potential opportunity to feature in the Olympics was too good to turn ignore.

"I'm passionate about Australian rugby and to be given this opportunity to represent my country in a different form of the game is one which excites me," said the 27-year-old, who was included in Australia Rugby World Cup squad and has won 58 caps for his country.

"I'm looking forward to working with the players that are already part of the squad and hopefully I can add something to the group.

"As a rugby player growing up you never think you'll have the chance to play at an Olympics so I'll be doing everything I can to make the squad. The Olympics is a real opportunity to grow the game of rugby in Australia and it would be a privilege to play my part in that.

"I would also like to thank Toulon and Mourad Boudjellal [Toulon president] for coming to an agreement with the ARU which will allow me to pursue this opportunity."

The Sydney leg of the World Series takes place on February 6-7, with Cooper then set to feature in Paris and London and May.

 Rio will host the first Sevens tournament at an Olympic Games on August 9-11.