Dempsey can get a jump on ri­vals

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SUMMER OF CRICKET - JAMIE PAN­DARAM

HIS fu­ture is set for the next two years, but it is in the next three weeks that Jack Dempsey hopes to prove a point.

Dempsey has just re-signed un­til the end of 2020 with Aus­tralian rugby and the NSW Waratahs and now plans to claim the No. 6 Wal­la­bies jersey by show­ing he can hang tough with the big back­row­ers of the north­ern hemi­sphere.

The 24-year-old en­dured some “lonely” times dur­ing his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion from a hor­ror in­jury late last year af­ter his ham­string was ripped off the bone. Nerve dam­age com­pounded the in­jury and kept him side­lined un­til Septem­ber.

But with a wide field com­pet­ing for the con­tentious blind­side flanker po­si­tion for next year’s World Cup, Dempsey knows a strong show­ing on this spring tour against Wales, Italy and Eng­land can cat­a­pult him into the start­ing back row for the Ja­pan 2019 cam­paign.

“Per­son­ally, if I could walk away know­ing that my style of game is just as ef­fec­tive against this type of op­po­si­tion as it is against the ones I’m used to, I guess that’s a pos­i­tive,” Dempsey said.

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