Will Adam Ashley-Cooper be selected for the Wallabies?

Adam Ashley Cooper is back in the Wallabies squad for the first time in two years

Adam Ashley Cooper is back in the Wallabies squad for the first time in two years

Whilst Hooper and Pocock and some of the other guys have been doing a good job there's just not that real seniority there.

The 34-year-old admitted he wasn't sure whether he'd win a Test return in the three-week tour, with next week's Test against Italy arguably his best chance, but that didn't change his focus in camp.

"It's not so much about a fourth World Cup, it's to win a Rugby World Cup", he said.

"I've had three cracks so there was still a bit of fire in the stomach post-2015".

"I moved overseas to France and then to Japan but still with that goal and ambition to win a Rugby World Cup".

"I think through my preparation, I can share things with the younger guys, I have only been here a week I am playing catch-up".

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". If you look at where there's been an opportunity within this squad it's probably been around that senior leadership.

When Wallabies coach Michael Cheika picked up the phone last month, Ashley-Cooper didn't take long to say yes to the touring chance.

Ashley-Cooper said he his priority off the field was to build some bonds with the new generation of Wallabies that have come through in the past two years.

Kurtley Beale said the return of the third most-capped Wallabies player of all time has boosted the mood around the team.

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