Ashley-Cooper commits to ARU and Brumbies

Wallabies and Brumbies utility back Adam Ashley Cooper has signed a new four-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and Brumbies Rugby.

Ashley-Cooper, who made his debut as a late replacement against South Africa in Perth in 2005, on Monday secured his future in rugby until the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

The 23-year-old has appeared 28 times for the Brumbies in Super 14 and has played seven times for the Wallabies, earning six Test caps this season.

ARU General Manager, Rugby, Pat Wilson said the re-signing of Ashley-Cooper demonstrates his desire to become a main-stay in the Wallabies backline.

“Adam has shown in his performances for the Wallabies this season that he is not only a versatile player who can play across a number of positions in the backline but he is a strong and talented athlete who plays with plenty of pace and flair,” said Wilson.

“Adam has been a tremendous asset to the Brumbies and Wallabies backlines and has the potential to become a key member of the National team from now until the 2011 Rugby World Cup.”

Brumbies Rugby CEO Andrew Fagan said Ashley-Cooper’s commitment for another four seasons is testament to the Brumbies success over a number of years.

“We’re very pleased to have Coopy with the Brumbies for another four years. He’s shown what a dynamic and game-breaking footballer he is this season, highlighted by an outstanding individual try against the Highlanders that was ultimately acknowledged as the Australian Super 14 Try of the Year.

“His desire for a long-term contract is a strong endorsement of the Brumbies program and a great sign he’s enjoying playing his rugby in Canberra.

“Adam’s four-year deal continues to shape what is young but experienced Brumbies squad for next season. While the average age of our 2008 squad is just 24, the majority of players have either represented the Wallabies or Australia A, and we’re confident that the Brumbies will again be pushing for Super 14 finals next year.”

Ashley-Cooper said his improvement as a rugby player was due in part to his enjoyment in playing for both the Brumbies and Wallabies.

“My call-up to the Wallabies is a good reflection that I’ve found somewhere where I’m not only enjoying my football but I’m also improving as a player,” said Ashley-Cooper.

“I love playing Super 14 with the Brumbies and I’m looking forward to taking on more of a leadership role and pushing for regular Wallaby selection.

“I had no hesitation in committing to a long-term contract as it gives me an opportunity to continue my rugby development with the Brumbies where I feel I’m best placed to stake my Wallaby claims.

“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but the Brumbies, the coaching and rugby program there are second to none. I’m really excited about the next four years; we’ve got an exciting, young group of guys down there with a genuine belief that we can do something special,” he said.

 

365 Digital

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