Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
Confirming a cross-Tamar move from Plymouth Albion, it was announced in May, 2017, that Rupert had signed for the Cornish Pirates.
He had been a well-known and respected figure in opposition when playing for the ‘Green & Whites’ of Nottingham for five years, which was ahead of his move to Plymouth in 2016.
Rupert’s first taste of rugby was with Ely RFC in Cambridgeshire, whilst his main education was at Bishops Stortford College, Hertfordshire. He has played for Bishops Stortford and Kenilworth, and also enjoyed a spell with Durbanville in South Africa.
A son of Tony Cooper, who captained Wasps in the 1970s and also played rugby league for Swinton, Rupert is a keen family man. Indeed, the initial reason for he and his wife Sarah’s West Country move was to be near family. Sarah is a cardiac physiologist, and they are parents to their young daughter Ailla.
Rupert is also a keen chef, who also runs his own catering company, called ‘Borgia Bull’. As for a favourite recipe, his jerk pork fillet with pineapple salsa and garlic and rosemary flatbreads is, apparently, a real hit!
Stourbridge, Durbanville, Nottingham RFC, Plymouth Albion
Zin Zan Brooke & Chris Morga
What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?
Coffee & Paper
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
What training drill do you dread the most?
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
Alex Cheesman - Dark, Mysterious Vegan
Tell us something that the supporters may not already know about you?
I changed my name to Rupert when I was 9
Where is your favourite place in cornwall?
Godrevy or Prussia Cove
If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?