22 Mar 2013

Ashley-Cooper snubs overseas offers to stay with Wallabies

6:18 pm on 22 March 2013

The versatile Australian Rugby back Adam Ashley-Cooper has turned down offers from abroad and signed a new deal which will keep him in Australia until after the 2015 World Cup.

The 28-year-old, who has won 77 caps since his debut in 2005, says he still has ambitions at both international and Super Rugby level after also signing up for another two seasons with the New South Wales Waratahs.

While his first international goal this year will be to help Australia beat the British and Irish Lions in the three-test series in June and July, he was also motivated by the prospect of loosening New Zealand's 10-year grip on the Bledisloe Cup.

He says he would hate to finish his time with the Wallabies having not had the experience of winning the Bledisloe.