AAC is back in sky blue


By NSW Rugby Media

The NSW Waratahs squad received a further boost of experience today with the confirmation that Adam Ashley-Cooper will return home to Sydney.

The 34-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the NSW Waratahs that will see him back in the sky blue jersey for the 2019 Super Rugby season.

NSW Waratahs Coach Daryl Gibson said Ashely-Cooper’s experience will be invaluable for the team.

“Adam’s record speaks for itself and you cannot replace the international experience that he brings to the team. He is an incredibly talented player and a highly respected leader, and I have no doubt that the younger players in the team will benefit from having him in our environment,” Gibson said.

“His contracting supports our plan around managing our players better in 2019 and further creating depth in our squad. At the same time, I take my hat off to Adam because he has accepted a base contract as his return is about chasing a dream of playing Super Rugby for the NSW Waratahs again and earning a spot in the Wallabies’ Rugby World Cup squad,” Gibson added.

Ashley-Cooper, who made his Super Rugby debut in 2012 and has played for the NSW Waratahs 61 times, said he was stoked to be back home.

"My desire to continue to play top-tier rugby and further my development is as strong as ever. The NSW Waratahs presented this opportunity to me and I jumped at the chance to reunite with the Sky Blue jersey,” Ashley-Cooper said.

“The challenge I have ahead of me is not being taken lightly. I will put everything into this 2019 NSW Waratahs season to see the team build toward something special. Overall, I'm super excited to get back into the NSW Waratahs organisation again and contribute in every way I can. I've had so many amazing memories in the sky blue jersey and looking forward to creating more with this team,” he added.






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