Ashley-Cooper out to earn UBB’s respect

Date published: December 4 2015

Adam Ashley-Cooper wants to win over the fans after arriving at Top 14 side Bordeaux-Bègles this week.

The 31-year-old has landed in France after signing a two-year contract with UBB, another star addition made by the club to go with the recruitment of Sekope Kepu.

"I want to earn the respect of the players, the fans and the coaches," Ashley-Cooper told reporters.

"I don't really have a preference for position, outside centre, wing, full-back, it's all the same for me."

Ashley-Cooper admitted that the success of Wallaby team-mates Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell with Toulon had persuaded him to make the move from Super Rugby.

“They've loved their time at Toulon. It's different both on and off the field here in France. You have to enjoy your rugby, but your time off the field is important too."

The former Brumbies and Waratahs back spent a month back in Australia preparing for his move after the Rugby World Cup final loss to New Zealand at Twickenham.

"After the World Cup I went home for four weeks,” he said.

"It's been a long year but I'm feeling good now. The World Cup was physically demanding, but I'm feeling great now.”