Jack Dempsey was a regular in representative rugby throughout his junior career, long earmarked a potential professional. A first XV player at Sydney’s Riverview College, Dempsey played for the Australian Schoolboys in 2012 and the Australia U20s side in the 2014 World Championships. Dempsey studied a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Management at the University of Technology.
Dempsey made his Waratahs debut in round 14 against the Sharks and went on to play three games for NSW, for a total of 28 minutes that season.
This was a breakout year for Dempsey, with 11 Super Rugby appearances for the Waratahs. A shoulder injury hampered his start to the year but the Gordon flanker finished strong, becoming a regular pick to start at blindside flanker. Three tries in a standout back end of the year resulted in a call-up to the Wallabies Spring Tour as one of four development players.
One of the genuine stars of the future, Gordon flanker Dempsey has been in the Waratahs squad since 2014, making his debut off the bench in Round 14 against the Sharks. Elevated from the supplementary squad to the core playing squad for 2016, Dempsey has only got better with every Super Rugby appearance, and is forming a backrow combination with Jed Holloway and Waratahs skipper Michael Hooper that could be the backbone of the NSW side for years to come.
A product of St. Ignatius College at Riverview, Dempsey was picked in the Australian Schoolboys side in 2012, and the Australian Under 20s in 2014. He also accompanied the NSW Waratahs Sevens side that played in World Club Sevens tournaments in Ireland and London in 2014.