Dempsey can get a jump on rivals
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.