I’ll always put my hand up – AAC

Date published: April 27 2015

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Waratahs utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper will be available for Test selection for Australia when he starts his career at Bordeaux next season.

The 31-year-old, who signed a two-year contract with the Top 14 side earlier this year, could benefit from the Australian Rugby Union's new policy of selecting internationals with at least 60 caps and who have played a minimum of seven seasons in Australia.

Ashley-Cooper has played for Australia in 104 Tests and his versatility makes him a certainty for Wallabies coach Michael Cheika's squad to the World Cup in England later this year.

And the ARU's recent change in policy means his Test career could continue in 2016.

"I said long before or during speculation about this change that I will always put my hand up to play for Australia," Ashley-Cooper told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Whether or not I'll be fast enough or sharp enough to do that, that would be up to me in years to come. But I'll always put my hand up."

Ashley-Cooper expressed his delight at the policy changes, which were announced last week with immediate effect.

"I see it as a great reward for blokes who've given … seven years [and] more than 60 caps to the ARU," he added.

"In the end I think you'll see it will retain young players, give them that incentive to reach that criteria to give them an option later on in their career.

"It's a win-win for the player who's reached that goal and also the ARU who are going to be able to conserve a bit of money to put into the youth of Australian rugby."

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