Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Ashley-Cooper to stay in Australia

Adam Ashley Cooper has signed a new deal with the Australian Rugby Union and the NSW Waratahs

Adam Ashley-Cooper has pledged his future to the Australian Rugby Union and the NSW Waratahs.

The 28-year-old has agreed a two-year contract extension which will keep him in Australia until after the 2015 World Cup.

Ashley-Cooper has been a mainstay of the Wallabies side since making his debut in 2005, turning out 77 times in the Green and Gold and scoring 23 tries.

It is thought Ashley-Cooper was close to joining Japanese club Toyota Shokki Shuttles, whose Australian coach Darren Coleman was keen to entice him.

But the versatile back says he has unfinished business at both provincial and Test level and wants to have another real crack at some silverware before thinking about playing abroad.

"I'm not done yet. I'd like another crack at the Rugby World Cup if I can and I wouldn't mind winning Super Rugby either," Ashley-Cooper said.

"The competition for places, after all of the injuries we had last year, has left the Wallabies in a pretty good space.

"I think everyone is excited about what is coming up this year with the British and Irish Lions tour, but there's a World Cup not that far away now too. I'd hate to finish my time with the Wallabies having not had the experience of winning the Bledisloe."

Ashley-Cooper, who played 78 times for the Brumbies before moving to NSW last year, said he was excited by what the future holds at the Waratahs as well, after agreeing to stay with the Super Rugby franchise.

"I feel like I've only just got here and there's a great culture at the place," he said.

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