Adam Ashley-Cooper is widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in rugby union, and has made a career of his ability to play in the centre, wing and fullback positions.
Making both his Super Rugby and Test debut in 2005, Ashley-Cooper has earned 125 Super Rugby caps (78 with ACT Brumbies) and 104 Test caps with the Wallabies, and is sure to significantly add to these tallies in 2015.
After 10 years of professional rugby, Ashley-Cooper enjoyed his first Super Rugby title success last year, and capped off an already solid season with a spectacular performance in the final match.
The veteran midfielder crossed for the game’s opening try in just the fourth minute, and added a second in the 63rd minute. Ashley-Cooper was named man of the match for his outstanding performance that yielded two tries, two line breaks, 10 runs for 74 metres and seven tackle busts.
He played in every match of the season, and was named in the run-on side on every occasion, one of only seven in the side to end the season with that record.
Born on the Central Coast, Ashley-Cooper was a relative latecomer to rugby (only starting his playing career at age 15) but with strong family connections to the game, with uncle Graeme Bond a former Brumby and Wallaby.
The 2015 Super Rugby season will be the final for Ashley-Cooper, who has signed a two year contract to join French club
Bordeaux-Begles following the Wallabies’ Rugby World Cup campaign later this year.