Wallaby Dempsey extends his Waratahs stay

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 07:42
Large jack dempsey 800

NEWS: Austalia loose forward Jack Dempsey has re-signed with Super Rugby franchise the Waratahs for two additional seasons.

Dempsey has recently been called up as one of four development players to join the Wallabies in this year’s Europe tour, together with his Waratahs teammate, Andrew Kellaway.

The promotion caps off what has been an impressive season for the 22-year-old, who has made a name for himself as a powerful ball runner. Following his debut for NSW last year, Dempsey has earned another 11 caps for his home state, becoming a regular in the side in 2016.

He currently sits on identical figures to his uncle, former Waratah and Wallaby, Tony Dempsey, with 14 caps and three tries to their names.

Dempsey has continued to impress following a standout season in the recent NRC with semifinalists, the Sydney Rays.

Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson said the franchise is delighted that Dempsey has re-committed as the team continues to build for the future.

"Jack is amongst a number of new and exciting players that have stepped up this year and that I am sure fans will enjoy seeing continue to progress," Gibson said.

"Next year he has an opportunity to cement a regular starting spot and fulfil his enormous potential.

"Competition for back row spots will be fierce and will push Jack to greater heights,"

Dempsey first joined the Waratahs back in 2015 before he was named on the bench for the round 14 clash against the Sharks last year at 21 years of age.

Having impressed the coaches in his first year with the Tahs, Dempsey was elevated from the supplementary squad to the core playing squad in just his second season this year.

Born and bred in Sydney and a representative of the Gordon Rugby Club, Dempsey has represented his country at every junior level. A product of St. Ignatius College Riverview, he played a major role in helping their 2011 side to a GPS Premiership in the number six jersey.

He was awarded a spot in the Australian Schoolboys side the following year after performing consistently for the NSW Schools side and emerged in the senior levels of club rugby with Gordon, where his tenacity in defence and work over the ball was noted.

Dempsey was selected in the Australian Under-20 team that contested the IRB Junior World Cup in New Zealand in 2014, impressing many as part of the run-on side. He also accompanied the NSW Waratahs Sevens side that played in World Club Sevens tournaments in Ireland and London the same year.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 11h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 08h45 Melbourne
Fri, 24 February 2017
Highlanders v Chiefs 06h35 Dunedin
Reds v Sharks 09h00 Brisbane
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 17h45 Twickenham Stoop
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Myreside
Dragons v Leinster 19h30 Rodney Parade
Munster v Scarlets 19h35 Thomond Park
Sat, 25 February 2017
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9