Jack Dempsey is an Australian international rugby player who made a significant move to Scotstoun ahead of the 2021/22 season. With seven years of experience playing for Super Rugby side NSW Waratahs, Dempsey brought his dynamic skill set to his new team, joining his Glasgow Warriors teammates for the upcoming season.
Dempsey's versatility as a back-row player has earned him 14 caps for the Australian national team to date. His impressive performances led to his selection for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, where he represented his country on the global stage. Known for his prowess with the ball in hand, Dempsey played a vital role in the success of the 'Tahs, contributing to their Australian conference victories in Super Rugby in both 2015 and 2018.
Not only has Dempsey excelled on the rugby field, but he has also showcased his talent and commitment to the sport off the field. He played a crucial part in Gordon's triumph in the 2020 Shute Shield, delivering a standout performance in the Grand Final win over Eastwood, which secured the team's first title in 22 years. In addition to his rugby career, Dempsey pursued a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Management degree at the University of Technology, demonstrating his dedication to both academics and athletics.
Beyond his professional achievements, Dempsey shares a special connection with the Glasgow Warriors. His grandfather emigrated from Glasgow to Australia, creating a meaningful tie to the club and inspiring his journey to join the team. Dempsey's impact on the field for the Warriors was evident when he scored his first try for the club during the inaugural Plaster It Purple clash at Scotstoun, finding the try line against Leinster in October 2021.
A product of St. Ignatius College at Riverview, Dempsey showcased his talents early on, contributing to the school's GPS Premiership victory in 2011 while playing in the No. 6 jersey. He continued to impress as he represented Australian Schools and the Australian U20s side in 2015. Dempsey's skills were further recognized when he was selected for the Australian Under 20s team that competed in the IRB Junior World Cup in New Zealand. He also gained valuable experience with the NSW Waratahs Sevens side, participating in World Club Sevens tournaments in Ireland and London in 2014.
Dempsey's professional career took off when he made his debut for the Waratahs in 2015. His performances caught the attention of the coaches, leading to his promotion from the supplementary squad to the core playing squad for the 2016 season. He continued to impress, earning a call-up to join the Wallabies as one of four development players for the 2016 Spring Tour of Europe. Dempsey's commitment to the Waratahs was evident when he re-signed with the team for two more seasons.
Injuries posed challenges for Dempsey in 2018 and 2019, causing him to miss significant playing time. However, his determination and resilience led to his selection for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, where he delivered impactful performances for the Wallabies, adding to his test cap tally. By the time the regular 2020 Super Rugby season was called off, Dempsey had represented the Waratahs 33 times in the competition.
With his international experience, powerful running ability, and all-round skills in the back row, Jack Dempsey adds strength and depth to the Glasgow Warriors squad. His dedication to the sport, both on and off the field, along with his familial connection to the club, further solidify his commitment to making a lasting impression at Scotstoun. As he continues to evolve in Scottish rugby, Dempsey's contributions and impact will undoubtedly be invaluable to the Glasgow Warriors.
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Dempsey has been named in the squad for Scotland.
|Saint Ignatius' College
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|2022 - present
|North Harbour Rays
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|2015 - 2021