Wallabies veteran Quade Cooper has taken to social media to “thank you” to thieves after they broke into his car and stole his wallet.
Cooper, 34, posted an Instagram story on Saturday thanking the bandits for having a heart – to a degree.
“Nest thieves in the world,” read the accompanying caption.
“Breaked into my car without making a mess and stole my wallet – but left all my bank cards and ID and everything safe in the middle compartment.
‘Thank you #blessed.’
The fly-half made his Wallabies debut in 2008 and has played 76 Tests for Australia.
He first came to prominence as a gifted student when he received a scholarship to the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane.
Cooper starred in the first XV of “Churchie” in 2005 and 2006 and was quickly snapped up by the Queensland Reds after graduating from high school.
Along with young guns Kurtley Beale and James O’Connor, Cooper was considered a excitement machine at the time as the Wallabies were looking to once again become a force in world rugby.
In recent years, Cooper has played professional rugby in France and Japan and has been in and out of the Wallabies squad.
Last year he showed his class in the gold jersey, finishing with 23 points in a 28-23 win over South Africa – including a 43m penalty in the fatality.
The New Zealand-born playmaker has dabbled in boxing and has dated models such as Laura Dundovic, Australian swimming champion Stephanie Rice and socialite Nicole Shiraz.
Cooper was also finally granted Australian citizenship last year.
His request was controversial turned down four times before being sanctioned in September.