The Austin Gilgronis have apparently signed Adam Ashley-Cooper for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 35-year-old (36 in March) center is 6’0″ and 215 lbs.
Adam is from Camperdown, Australia and began playing rugby when he was 15. He attended Berkeley Vale Community High School and played junior rugby for the Ourimbah Razorbacks.
He joined the Brumbies in 2004 on an ARU development contract and played for the Australia Sevens Team. He also played provincial rugby with Northern Suburbs from 2004-2015.
Adam made his Super Rugby debut for the Brumbies at home against the Crusaders in 2005 and made 78 appearances through 2011. From 2012-2015 he played for the Waratahs. He also played for the NSW County Eagles in 2014.
Following the 2015 Rugby World Cup, he played for the Bordeaux Bègles in France and then went to Japan and played with the Kobelco Steelers during the 2017-2018 season. In 2019 it was back to the Waratahs and in 2020 it appeared with the new Australian ownership of the Austin Gilgronis, that he will join the team.
Australia National Team
In addition to playing with the Australia Sevens Tean, Adam made his debut for the Wallabies in Perth against South Africa on August 20, 2005. The last of his 121 tests came in the 2019 Rugby World Cup against Uruguay on Oct 5, 2019.
Adam has played 19 matches in four Rugby World Cups beginning in 2007. He also played 47 times in The Rugby Championship and in 30 Bledisloe Cup matches.