Vernon Cooper

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Vernon Cooper
Date of birth (1977-06-12) June 12, 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 118 kg (18 st 8 lb)
School Maesydderwen School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)

Llanelli RFC


Correct as of 11 July 2014
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003–2011 Scarlets 369 (45)
Current local club retired
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002–2003 Wales 3 (0)
Correct as of 11 July 2014

Vernon Cooper (born 12 June 1977) is a former Welsh rugby union footballer, who played for the Scarlets in the Celtic League. Cooper has also played for Wales. His usual position was at lock.

Playing career[edit]

Cooper represented Wales at a number of national levels, including Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21, as well as playing for the Wales 'A' team. He was promoted to the senior national team in 2002. He made his senior debut for Wales on 16 November 2002, playing against Canada at the Millennium Stadium; Wales won 32–21.

The following season, he was again included in Wales' squad for the Tests in August. He came on as a replacement against Ireland at Lansdowne Road, which Ireland won 35–12. He played in the following match against Scotland in Cardiff, which Wales won 23–9.

During the 2008–09 season, he started coaching the Llanelli RFC forwards on a part-time basis, and was also used as an emergency back-row player.[citation needed]

In June 2011, Cooper announced his retirement from rugby due to a knee injury. He is currently the Scarlets' set piece coach.


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