The great player of the Wallabies, Adam Ashley-Cooper, announced his possible retirement amid the joyous celebrations of a title of the Major League Rugby in Los Angeles.
Both he and Matt GiteauA former ally on the Aussie team, they played leading roles in LA Giltinis’ 31-17 triumph over ATL Rugby in the North American tournament final. At 37, the back had an impressive final game in his magnificent career at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
In addition to their 121 caps with the Australian shirt, being the third with the most appearances in the selected team, and titles with Waratahs (Super Rugby) and Kobelco Steelers of Japan (Top League), also crowned in the Tres Nacione, Rugby Championship and, now, can add an MLR championship in the United States. With four World Cups contested with the Aussie team (2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019), Ashley-Cooper is the third highest tryman in Wallabie history with 39 wins.
“I am very proud to be a part of what this club has achieved by overcoming obstacles and adversities along the way. It has been an epic campaign. A rugby player is always a rugby player. I think officially (repeat twice), it was my last game and, when I say that it was the tournament, the campaign that I enjoyed the most of my career, it is because perhaps in my heart I knew it was the last “, expressed the Australian.
Later, Ashley-Cooper continued after being crowned champion: “I appreciate every day and everyone next to me, it’s really special, so I couldn’t ask for much more. Finishing your own time is what made it so special. My body told me in the middle of the season that this was it, but led me to the championship final. Finish a race on my own terms, come out as a winner … There is no better way. “