Friday, August 28, 2009
The Wallabies host the Springboks in Perth tomorrow in another crunch Tri Nations match. With a injury problems, the Wallabies have had to shuffle their backline again, with Mr Fix-It Adam Ashley-Cooper moving to inside centre.
Ashley-Cooper is accustomed to being shifted around. This is his third positional change in this years Tri Nations, so hes no stranger to being moved around.
Hes played at fullback, outside centre, and now finds himself at inside centre following a concussion to Berrick Barnes. Hes played there before though, twice against Wales in 2007, so the versatile Wallaby shouldnt have any troubles.
Against the All Blacks last weekend he put in some great tackles, and he possesses running skills as well as a kicking game, so should do well against the Springboks.
Coach Robbie Deans was full of praise for the 25 year old.
"Without doubt he was one of our star performers," Deans said of Ashley-Cooper.
"He has been great, he could specialise in any number of positions."
That includes coming out of the grandstands to make his debut for Australia in 2005, as we get to hear about in this interesting vid about the versatile Wallaby back.