Gordon Rugby and NSW Waratahs back rower, Jack Dempsey, has been named as one of four development players to join the 32-man Wallabies squad travelling to Europe for the Spring Tour.
Dempsey made his Super Rugby debut for the NSW Waratahs in round 14 of 2015. He has since made a name for himself as a powerful ball runner for the Tahs, starring for the team on 11 occasions in 2016 and crossing for three tries.
Dempsey has since had an impressive campaign in this year’s Buildcorp NRC for the semi-finalists, the Sydney Rays and 2016 minor premiers and runners-up, the NSW Country Eagles respectively.
He joins NSW Waratahs Andrew Kellaway, Queensland Reds duo Izaia Perese and Taniela Tupou as the four development players included by Head Coach Michael Cheika.
The four will train with the squad as an introduction to the International level.
Perese, Dempsey and Kellaway are each eligible for Australia’s tour game against the French Barbarians in Bordeaux on November 24, while Tupou is 12 months away from completing his three-year residency requirement under World Rugby regulations.
Development players for 2016 Spring Tour
Jack Dempsey, New South Wales Waratahs, DOB: 12/04/94
Andrew Kellaway, New South Wales Waratahs, DOB: 12/10/95
Izaia Perese, Queensland Reds, DOB: 17/05/97
Taniela Tupou, Queensland Reds, DOB: 13/05/96
2016 Spring Tour
Wales vs Qantas Wallabies at Millennium Stadium, 6th November 1.30am AEDT
Scotland vs Qantas Wallabies at Murrayfield, 13th November, 1.30am AEDT
France vs Qantas Wallabies at Stade de France, 20th November, 7.00am AEDT
French Barbarians vs Qantas Wallabies at Stade Chaban-Delmas, 24th November, Kickoff TBC
Ireland vs Qantas Wallabies at Aviva Stadium, 27th November, 4.30am AEDT
England vs Qantas Wallabies at Twickenham, 4th December, 1.30am AEDT