Sport Super Rugby AU: Waratahs, Wallabies back-rower Jake Dempsey confirms departure at end of season
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Waratahs and Wallabies back-rower Jack Dempsey has confirmed that he will leave the club at the end of the Super Rugby season to join Scottish PRO14 side Glasgow Warriors.
Dempsey has played 44 games for the NSW club since joining in 2014, with the 26-year-old making his Wallabies debut against Italy in 2017.
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The Waratahs confirmed his departure on Monday, with Dempsey expressing the need for a new challenge after seven years at the club.
"I’m very excited to be starting the next phase of my professional rugby career in Scotland with the Glasgow Warriors for the upcoming 2021/22 season. 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," he said in a statement.
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“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.
“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.”
Waratahs head coach Rob Penney thanked Dempsey for his commitment to the club, hoping to send him out on a high as they prepare for their opening round match against the Queensland Reds.
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“Jack has been a pleasure to work with at the Waratahs, and although he has been hindered by injury on occasions, every game he plays he makes his presence felt," he added.
“Jack is a player of great influence in our forward pack and will have a huge role to play in our 2021 campaign.
“While we’re sad to see him go, we understand what a great opportunity this is for him, the ability to play a long season and to experience what our great game has to offer abroad was something that really excited Jack. We wish Jack all the best at Glasgow.”
His departure continues an exodus at the club, with Wallabies skipperopting to take a sabbatical for 2021 and play in Japan.
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