Ashley-Cooper to quit Wallabies

Date published: October 12 2014

Wallabies utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper will quit Australia after next year’s World Cup to play club rugby in Europe.

Wallabies utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper has announced that he will quit Australia after next year’s World Cup to play club rugby in Europe.

The 99-Test veteran, who is set to become only the sixth Australian Test centurion, revealed that he would like to join former Wallabies team-mates Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell at Top 14 champions Toulon.

“I’m certainly scoping out the areas of Toulon but there are a few other clubs that are interested,” Ashley-Cooper told AAP.

“I’m sure that will all come to a head over the next four of five weeks because I think that’s when those things usually start to wrap up.

“But, yeah, I certainly see myself and my girlfriend heading towards Europe after the World Cup. I’m very happy career-wise with what I’ve been able to achieve.”

The 30-year-old, who can play at centre, on the wing or at full-back, is set to win his 100th Test cap when the Wallabies host the All Blacks in a Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane on Saturday.

He made his Test debut against the Springboks in Perth in 2005 and won the 2011 Tri-Nations tournament with the Wallabies before going on to represent his country at the World Cup in New Zealand that year.

Ashley-Cooper also played at the 2007 World Cup in France and earlier this year he won the Super Rugby title with the Waratahs who he joined from the Brumbies in 2012.

“I remember when it all started that there was no way I thought I’d ever play Super Rugby let alone for the Wallabies and, here I am, on 99 tests,” he added.

“It’s a little surreal. I’m sure it’s going to take a while for it to all sink in.”