Glasgow Warriors sign Australian back-rower Jack Dempsey

26-year-old, who arrives at Scotstoun from the Waratahs Super Rugby franchise, has been capped 14 times by the Wallabies

Jack Dempsey in action for Australia against the All Blacks. Image courtesy: Glasgow Warriors
Jack Dempsey in action for Australia against the All Blacks. Image courtesy: Glasgow Warriors

GLASGOW WARRIORS have announced the signing of 14-times capped Australian back-row Jack Dempsey for an undisclosed period of time. The 26-year-old joins the club following seven seasons with Super Rugby side the Waratahs, during which time he has scored eight tries in 44 appearances for the New South Wales outfit.

Dempsey is 6’3”, weighs 17 stone and is comfortable playing across the back row. “I’m very excited to be starting the next phase of my professional rugby career in Scotland with Glasgow Warriors for the upcoming 2021-22 season,” he said of his new career path.

“Departing NSW was an incredibly tough decision. It’s a club I have spent my entire professional career since joining at the end of 2014. The Waratahs allowed me to develop as a rugby player on my home soil and represent my state, which has meant the world to me over the past seven seasons. I leave with very fond memories of the players, coaches and fans and wish the team, coaching staff and entire organisation the best of success.

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“However, the move to Glasgow presents such a different challenge both in lifestyle and rugby, and personally it feels like the right time to take that challenge head-on.

“It’s a club with such a rich and long history and I’m looking forward to joining their campaign and working with Danny Wilson and the team.”

Warriors head coach Danny Wilson said: “Jack is a really exciting addition to our squad. For a 26-year-old he’s very experienced, having made almost 50 appearances for the Waratahs and earning 14 caps for his country.

“Jack can play across the back row and is extremely dynamic, a great ball-carrier and an impressive defender, who gets over the ball and jackals well.

“We’ve been looking to strengthen our back-row options for next season and Jack is just the man to do that.

“We’re looking forward to having him at Scotstoun next season.”

Dempsey made his Australia debut against Italy in Brisbane during the summer of 2017, and was on the winning side in each of his first six games for his country, including the team’s 23-18 victory over New Zealand in October 2017.

His last cap was against Georgia during the pool stage of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

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  1. Having some high quality imported players is a good move and will help the younger domestic players develop. Players like Dempsey will demonstrate what is required to compete at the top level. I think it’s a good signing and hopefully more to follow. What Is disappointing is where a large number of journeymen are signed, who shouldn’t be blocking domestic talent. In Scottish rugby we do need more done to bleed young talent In gradually to give game time.

  2. Where this seemingly endless succession of incoming foreign players to one or other of the SRU-owned & controlled ProTeams leaves the so-called Super 6 breeding ground (and academies) for aspiring Scottish professional players is anyone’s guess!

    • Exactly! The Super 6 has been going for two years, only one of which was during a global pandemic with most non-elite sport shut down. I’d have expected 12-14 international quality backrows by this point. #SackDodson

  3. I don’t doubt he’s a good player but how does this advance Scottish rugby?

    A £20m Scottish Government rescue package and we are still bringing in foreign players.

    • He will be an excellent first-hand example to his young teammates as to the work ethic and standards required to be a test-level player. Glasgow have been guilty of signing numerous mediocre foreigners over the past few years but this guy isn’t one of them, he is of serious calibre.

      • Yes I can get that.

        However we are taking about a very short international career. He’s played at the highest level in Super rugby. And still only 29 and he’s coming to Scotland.

        Agreed he’s a much better signing than many of the recent ones

      • a bit unfair, Glasgow have been open about signing “rugby risks”. Low/very low cost on a player who has huge potential. A few come off majority do not. Glasgow or Edin cannot compete for the big money signings we see in England, France and yes Ireland

        The one big money signing made was a short hit then exercised his right to curtail his contract having drawn attention. And that’s life, its a job

  4. I must confess I don’t have Sky so don’t watch Super Rugby or The Championship but this guy does seem a cut above some of the signings Glasgow have made. My only tiny concern is that Edinburgh have loads of good back rowers who could move west for more game time


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