Will Adam Ashley-Cooper be selected for the Wallabies?


Ashley-Cooper said he hoped to get to play in at least one of the tests and was relishing being back in the Wallabies' squad environment.

The 34-year-old utility back was a shock inclusion in Michael Cheika's squad for the European leg of the spring tour following a two-year absence from the global game.

"I've had three cracks so there was still a bit of fire in the stomach post-2015", he told Rugby Australia's official website in Cardiff on Monday. Whilst Hooper and Pocock and some of the other guys have been doing a good job there's just not that real seniority there.

"I moved overseas to France and I came back to Japan but still with that goal and ambition to win a Rugby World Cup because it was still there".

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Despite Ashley-Coopers vast experience, playing over 100 tests for his country, Waugh believes the transition from Japan to test Rugby will be tough, "I think it would be very hard to go from the Top League in Japan out into Millennium Stadium and into Twickenham, it would be pretty hard". "It's been a couple of years but I'm pretty stoked to be here", he said.

"But I am finding my feet daily and apart from that I am prepping to play, I am not sure if I will get the opportunity to play but if I have the mindset and I am competing than I am sure I am creating healthy competition around the squad". "Apart from the new faces, this is clearly a young squad but apart from that, I've just picked up where I left off a couple of years ago".

Kurtley Beale said the return of the third most-capped Wallabies player of all time has boosted the mood around the team. "I think its a great addition and the boys are really excited to have him back".