Adam Ashley-Cooper

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Adam Ashley-Cooper
Adam Ashley Cooper 2012 (cropped).jpg
Birth name Adam Ashley-Cooper
Date of birth (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing / Fullback / Outside Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
NSW Country Eagles
Bordeaux Bègles
Kobe Steelers
Correct as of 22 October 2017
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–2015 Northern Suburbs ()
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 28 June 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2016 Australia 116 (185)
Correct as of 27 August 2016

Adam Ashley-Cooper (born 27 March 1984 in Sydney) is an Australian rugby union player. He plays for Kobelco Steelers in the Japanese Top League and won 116 caps for Australia. He is nicknamed Mr Versatile.[2][3][4]

Early years[edit]

Ashley-Cooper took up rugby as a 15-year-old while living on the Central Coast in NSW.[5] He was educated at the Berkeley Vale Community High School,[6] the same school that produced Scotland and British and Irish Lions rugby union player Nathan Hines, NRL prop and Wests Tigers assistant coach Paul Stringer and Olympic marathon runner and City to Surf winner Martin Dent. 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."[6]

Super Rugby[edit]

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.[7] 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.[7]

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]


Ashley-Cooper with Australia in 2011

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.[5]

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.[8]

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'a 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 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.[9]


Ashley-Cooper scoring a try for Australia against the United States at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Ashley-Cooper[6] 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."[6] According to Growden, Wallabies ex-coach Robbie Deans thinks Ashley-Cooper's versatility is part of what makes him invaluable.[6]

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.[10] Similarly, at the 2007 Rugby World Cup he covered the centres against Canada and Fiji, and right wing against Japan, and England.[11] On occasion he played for the Waratahs at inside centre.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Adam Ashley-Cooper". Wallabies Profile. Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Growden, Greg (13 February 2012). "NSW need an excitement machine to satisfy faithful". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Sygall, David (19 February 2012). "Tahs star's licence to thrill". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b "Player". Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Adam Ashley Cooper à l'UBB" (Press release) (in French). Union Bordeaux Bègles. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Official RWC 2011 Site – Australia – Adam Ashley-Cooper". 27 March 1984. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "RWC 2007". Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 

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