Adam Ashley-Cooper
Position Utility Back
Date of birth 27 March 1984
Height 182cm
Weight 98kg
Debut 2005 v South Africa, Perth
Caps 117

Biography

Ashley-Cooper was born in Sydney but raised on the New South Wales central coast. He attended the Berkeley Vale High School but did not play his first game of rugby, with the Ourimbah Razorbacks, until the age of 15. Six months, after leaving school, Ashley-Cooper was playing first grade for Sydney’s Northern Suburbs. In 2004 he joined the ACT Brumbies on an ARU development contract, played in the Sevens World Series and made the Australian U21 World Championship squad. A year later he made his Super Rugby debut against the Crusaders in Canberra. Ashley-Cooper moved into the Test mix  in 2005 but thought he would merely act as a spectator at Subiaco Oval against the Springboks. Instead, he was called from the stands and onto the bench minutes shy of kick-off after Elton Flatley withdrew during the warm-up due to blurred vision. He ran on later on in that match as a replacement and is believed to be the only Wallaby to ever debut without a number on his back. He played in 52 of the Wallabies’ 56 Tests between 2008 and 2011 and missed just one of the 42 Tests from 2009 to 2011. Ashley-Cooper has started more than 100 Tests and played at fullback, both wings and both centre spots in that time. He looked to have finished his international career with 116 Australian Test caps (equal 3rd all-time) and 37 tries (3rd all-time) before he was recalled to the Wallaby squad for the 2018 Spring Tour.

HIGHLIGHTS

2003/04

Represented Australia in the IRB Sevens World Series.

2004

Selected in the Australian squad for the IRB U21 Rugby World Championships in Scotland.

2005

Selected in the Australian squad for the IRB U21 Rugby World Championships in Argentina. Ashley-Cooper won his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced Clyde Rathbone at outside centre in the 22-19 Test loss to South Africa in Perth.

2007

Ashley-Cooper made his starting debut at inside centre in the 29-23 win over Wales in Sydney. He then scored his first Test try against Fiji in Perth. Ashley-Cooper earned 11 Test caps and was selected in his first Rugby World Cup squad where he played in four of the Wallabies’ five matches. 

2008

He earned a further 11 caps, nine of which were as the starting No.15.

2009

Ashley-Cooper was the only Australian back to play in all 14 Tests and he finished the year as the equal-highest try scorer (5) with Matt Giteau. 

2010

He was capped in 14 of the Wallabies’ 15 Tests, started the season on the left wing and by year end was the incumbent outside centre. Along the way he played his 50th Test against Italy in Florence.

2011

Ashley Cooper started in all 13 Wallabies Tests and played all 560 minutes of his second Rugby World Cup. He was top try scorer for the year (6) and bagged his first hat-trick in the pool game win over the USA.

2012

He played in 13 Tests and only missed the home loss to Scotland and the away victory over Argentina.

2013

Ashley-Cooper won 14 caps from a possible 15 Tests. He started at No.13 in all three home Tests against the British & Irish Lions and scored the decisive try in the16-15 victory in Melbourne. 

2014

He won a further 13 caps, ten of which as the starting right wing. Ashley-Cooper only missed Australia's victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast due to a nerve compression injury. He played his 100th Test in the 28-29, 3rd Test loss to New Zealand in Brisbane.

2015

Ashley-Cooper was capped 10 times and won selection to his third Rugby World Cup. He started on the right wing in six of the seven matches and scored a hat-trick in the semi-final victory over Argentina.

2016

After the Rugby World Cup he joined French Top 14 side Bordeaux Bègles but returned to play in the opening two Tests of the year against New Zealand.

2018

Ashley-Cooper started on the right wing in the 26-7 win over Italy in Padova.

International 2020 season

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