Jack Dempsey
Position Back Row
Date of birth 12 April 1994
Height 190cm
Weight 109kg
Debut 2017 v Italy, Brisbane
Caps 10

Biography

While christened John on his birth certificate, the nephew of uncapped Wallaby Tony Dempsey (1993) is known as Jack - after the 1919-26 world heavyweight boxing champion of the same name - given he entered the world with two black eyes. Dempsey’s rugby journey mirrored that of his uncle - the Saint Ignatius 1st XV, Australian Schools, Australian aged representation, New South Wales Waratah, Wallaby end-of-season tourist - however he did take the extra step in 2017 when he became the first Ignatian since John Coolican in 1982 to win a Test cap. Outside of a nasty hamstring injury that cruelled the majority of his 2018 season, Dempsey finished his first year of Test rugby with the very enviable record of having won all six internationals in which he played.

HIGHLIGHTS

2012

Represented Australian Schools against Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand Schools.

2014

Selected in the Australian U20s squad to the seventh-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in New Zealand.

2016

Selected as a development player for the Wallabies’ end-of-season Spring Tour.

2017

Dempsey started the first three games of the Super Rugby season with the Waratahs before he suffered an ankle injury that largely kept him out until the June Tests. He won his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced Rory Arnold in the 40-27 victory over Italy at Brisbane. Dempsey made his run-on debut at blindside flanker in the 27-27, 2nd Test draw with South Africa in Pretoria and was then named man-of-the-match in the 23-19, 3rd Test victory over New Zealand in Brisbane. A near guaranteed selection for the end-of-season Spring Tour, Dempsey suffered a nasty hamstring injury - he tore two tendons off the bone - in the uncapped match against the Barbarians in Sydney to bring an abrupt and disappointing end to his maiden season of international football.

2018

An extended recovery from his horror hamstring injury saw Dempsey miss both the Ireland series and all of The Rugby Championship. He returned at the tail-end of the season to collect four caps - from the third Bledisloe in Yokohama and in each of the three Tests on the Spring Tour.

Rugby World Cup 2020 season

Tries 1
Points 5
Carries 18
Metres 118
Successful Tackles 7