Jack Dempsey became a household name for the Tahs in 2016, gaining a reputation as a powerful ball runner after starring for the team on 11 occasions and crossing for three tries. He also made a huge impact for the Sydney Rays in their semi-final placed campaign in the 2016 Buildcorp NRC.
Having impressed the coaches in his games and at training, Dempsey was elevated from the supplementary squad to the core playing squad for 2016.
It was a hugely successful year or the 22 year old, which was capped off with a call-up to join the Wallabies camp for their Spring Tour of Europe, joining his Waratahs teammate Andrew Kellaway as one of four development players invited to train with Australia. Whilst there Dempsey represented in the Wallaby XV team that played against a French Barbarians outfit as part of the campaign.
The 109kg backrow utility has represented his country at every junior level, and is the nephew of Classic Wallaby and former Rugby Union Players’ Association CEO, Tony Dempsey.
His potential has been earmarked for years, but Jack Dempsey’s debut for the Waratahs finally came in 2015 when he was named on the bench for the round 14 clash against the Sharks.
Dempsey is a product of St. Ignatius College at Riverview and played a major hand in helping their 2011 side to a GPS Premiership, playing in the number six jersey.
He was awarded a spot in the Australian Schoolboys side the following year after performing consistently for the NSW Schools side and has emerged in recent times at senior level with the Gordon club, where his tenacity in defence and work over the ball has been noted.
Dempsey was selected in the Australian Under 20s team that contested the IRB Junior World Cup in New Zealand in 2015, impressing many as part of the run-on side. He also accompanied the NSW Waratahs Sevens side that played in World Club Sevens tournaments in Ireland and London in 2014.
After his efforts in 2016, Jack was selected in the Wallabies' Spring Tour and went on to play in the Wallabies XV against the French Barbarians.
Jack earned his first Wallabies cap against Italy during the June Test series at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.
Last updated: 9/01/2017