LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Adam Ashley-Cooper of Australia is dejected following defeat in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The heart-breaking nature of Australia's Rugby World Cup final defeat has convinced veteran winger Adam Ashley-Cooper to shelve any retirement plans.

The 33-year-old Ashley-Cooper will join French side Bordeaux, along with starting prop Sekope Kepu who admits he feels he's played his last match for the Wallabies.

It had been expected Ashley-Cooper would use the World Cup as his international swansong, leaving as the Wallabies' third-most capped player with 115 Tests.

But he revealed a change of heart following the gut-wrenching 34-17 loss to the champion All Blacks on Saturday (Sunday morning AEDT), indicating he'll be available for selection next year.

"I'm certainly not making a call now," he said.