TOKYO – Wallabies vetaran Adam Ashley-Cooper believes he still has the pace to hurt the opposition in his fourth Rugby World Cup, the versatile 35-year-old said before the tournament gets under way in Japan.
Ashley-Cooper, who is poised become the only other Australian player besides George Gregan to play in four World Cups, has been used at outside centre in Super Rugby by the Waratah and on the wing for the Wallabies.
Asked if he still had the pace, he told a news conference that strength and conditioning coach Dean Benton is “pretty happy” and if the coaches are happy, he's happy.
“If I get the opportunity in a game, I'll let everyone else be the judge of that,” he said.
“I'm confident in my speed and my game at the moment, regardless of how old I am. I know I can still contribute in this environment so we'll have to wait and see.”