Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

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Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

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Ashley-Cooper star in own right

RUGBY: Waratahs recruit Adam Ashley-Cooper might wear Kurtley Beale's old jersey this Super Rugby season, but teammates argue there's no way the versatile Wallaby is filling anyone's shoes.

Ashley-Cooper wasn't expected at pre-season training until Monday, but ended his holiday early to start preparations for New South Wales a week early.

His eagerness to make an immediate impression is an encouraging sign for the Waratahs, who are adjusting to life without one of the game's most potent attacking weapons in Beale.

Although no decision has been made on where Ashley-Cooper will line up in the backline, there's no doubt he and playmaker Berrick Barnes are the star power the Waratahs will be relying on this season.

However, Waratahs centre Rob Horne said Ashley-Cooper, one of the Wallabies' best throughout last year's World Cup, wasn't replacing anyone.

aI'm not sure he needs to fill any shoes. In his own right he's a pretty special talent, so he'll bring something different to the group,a Horne said. …

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