Adam Ashley-Cooper
Adam Ashley Cooper 2012 (cropped).jpg
Birth nameAdam Ashley-Cooper
Date of birth (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 38)
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb; 216 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing / Fullback / Outside Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002–2015 Northern Suburbs ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014
2015–2017
2017–2018
2020
2021
NSW Country Eagles
Bordeaux Bègles
Kobe Steelers
Austin Gilgronis
LA Giltinis
0
37
22
0
15
(0)
(65)
(25)
(0)
(20)
Correct as of 24 September 2021
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2011
2012–15; 2019
Brumbies
Waratahs
78
76
(70)
(83)
Correct as of 01 August 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2019 Australia 121 (195)
Correct as of 24 February 2021

Adam Ashley-Cooper (born 27 March 1984) is a former Australian rugby union player who last played for the LA Giltinis of Major League Rugby (MLR). He has won 121 caps for Australia, the third most of any Australia player.[2][3] His nickname is "Mr. Versatile".[4][5][6] He is currently the senior assistant coach for backs with the LA Giltinis.[7]

Early years

Ashley-Cooper is a descendant of the Earls of Shaftesbury.[8] He took up rugby as a 15-year-old while living on the Central Coast in NSW.[8] He was educated at the Berkeley Vale Community High School,[9] the same school that produced Scotland and British and Irish Lions rugby union player Nathan Hines, and NRL prop and Wests Tigers assistant coach Paul Stringer. He played junior rugby for the Ourimbah Razorbacks on the NSW Central Coast, the same club as Hines.[citation needed] In his teenage years he played both 10 and 12 (fly-half and inside-centre) and says: "I was pretty much all over the shop [even] in those days."[9]

Rugby career

Super Rugby

Ashley-Cooper joined the Brumbies in 2004 on an ARU development contract. He played all of the Brumbies pre-season trials, and accompanied the team to South Africa.[citation needed] As a 20-year-old Ashley-Cooper spent most of his first year at the Brumbies flying around the globe playing for the Australian sevens.[10] For the 2004 Super Rugby final between the Brumbies and Crusaders, Ashley-Cooper sat on the bench at Canberra Stadium as the Brumbies 23rd man, his boots at hand but never unpacked.[10]

In 2005, he made his Super Rugby debut on the wing for the Brumbies at home against the Crusaders.[citation needed] He subsequently played two more games that season, against the Chiefs and the Queensland Reds. He was selected for the Wallabies in their second Tri Nations match against the Springboks and made his debut in Perth.[citation needed]

In the 2006 Super Rugby season, Ashley-Cooper played 12 matches for the Brumbies, and scored two tries.[citation needed]

France

Bordeaux

In December 2014, French Top 14 side Bordeaux announced that Ashley-Cooper would join them on a two-year contract after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[11]

Japan

Kobelco Steelers

United States

Los Angeles

Having originally signed to play for the Austin Gilgronis prior to the cancellation of the 2020 Major League Rugby season, Ashley-Cooper later signed with LA Giltinis for the 2021 season.[12]

In August 2021, Ashley-Cooper announced his retirement from rugby union.[13]

International career

Ashley-Cooper played in all but four of the 56 Tests played by Australia between 2008 and 2011, and missed just one of 42 through 2009 and 2011.[1] His five tries at the 2011 Rugby World Cup saw him finish in the tournament's top five try-scorers.[8]

In Ewen McKenzie's second year in charge as Wallabies coach, McKenzie named Ashley-Cooper as Wallabies vice-captain for the 2014 three-test June series against France.[14]

Ashley-Cooper was selected for the Wallabies' 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and played the full 80 minutes of every knockout match on the right wing. He was named Man of the Match in the semi-final against Argentina on 25 October, scoring the second hat-trick of his career in the 29-15 win. This brought Ashley-Cooper's career try tally to 37 and his World Cup tally to 11.

Ashley-Cooper's last match for Australia was a 29-9 loss to New Zealand on 27 August 2016 during that year's Rugby Championship. Ashley-Cooper was subbed off in the 16th minute for a concussion test and didn't return to the field, being replaced by debutant Reece Hodge.

In November 2018, Ashley-Cooper was again selected by Australia for their game against Italy, after a break of more than two years.

Player profile

Versatility

Ashley-Cooper in 2019.
Ashley-Cooper in 2019.

Ashley-Cooper[9] has been nicknamed "Mr Versatile", and sometimes Australia's "Mister Fix It",[1] as is a utility player who can play centre, wing, or fullback. Fairfax journalist Greg Growden suggested that if Ashley-Cooper was asked: "What position do you expect to play this week?" he would answer: "I wouldn't have a clue."[9] According to Growden, Wallabies ex-coach Robbie Deans thinks Ashley-Cooper's versatility is part of what makes him invaluable.[9]

Against Italy, Ireland, USA, Russia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Wales at the 2011 Rugby World Cup Ashley-Cooper played outside centre, on both wings, and at fullback.[15] Similarly, at the 2007 Rugby World Cup he covered the centres against Canada and Fiji, and right wing against Japan, and England.[16] On occasion he played for the Waratahs at inside centre.[6]

Honours

Waratahs

LA Giltinis

Australia

References

  1. ^ a b c "Adam Ashley-Cooper". Wallabies Profile. Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  2. ^ Robinson, Georgina (24 August 2019). "'I wanted to earn it': Why Ashley-Cooper took hard road to World Cup". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  3. ^ "ADAM ASHLEY-COOPER". espnscrum. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  4. ^ Growden, Greg (13 February 2012). "NSW need an excitement machine to satisfy faithful". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  5. ^ Sygall, David (19 February 2012). "Tahs star's licence to thrill". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  6. ^ a b Robinson, Georgina (10 May 2012). "Ashley-Cooper ready for bullfight as he moves closer to centre of the action". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  7. ^ "MLR Champion Adam Ashley-Cooper Swoops into Coaching Role".
  8. ^ a b c "Player". Waratahs.com.au. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e Growden, Greg (10 July 2010). "Mr Versatile: why Adam is rugby's jack of all trades". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  10. ^ a b Payten, Iain (24 February 2012). "Adam Ashley-Cooper keen to win a Super Rugby title with the Waratahs". Daily Telegraph. News. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Adam Ashley Cooper à l'UBB" (Press release) (in French). Union Bordeaux Bègles. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  12. ^ "LA signs Wallabies centurion Adam Ashley-Cooper". americas rugby news. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  13. ^ Tucker, Jim. "CHAMPIONS: Giteau, Ashley-Cooper retire with a bang in Los Angeles". Rugby.com.au. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  14. ^ MOORE TO CAPTAIN QANTAS WALLABIES, HOOPER AND ASHLEY-COOPER NAMED AS VICE-CAPTAINS
  15. ^ "Official RWC 2011 Site – Australia – Adam Ashley-Cooper". Rwc2011.irb.com. 27 March 1984. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  16. ^ "RWC 2007". Rwc2007.irb.com. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  17. ^ Carter to play his 100th Super Rugby game for the Crusaders Video by Carter to play his 100th Super Rugby game for the Crusaders Archived 23 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine