Tuesday 17 October 2017

Leicester sign Australian winger Peter Betham

Leigh Halfpenny of the Lions is tackled by Peter Betham
Leigh Halfpenny of the Lions is tackled by Peter Betham

Leicester have signed Australia wing Peter Betham from Super Rugby champions the Waratahs for next season.

The powerful 26-year-old has played twice for the Wallabies, making his debut in 2013 and winning a second cap last year.

Betham was born in New Zealand but brought up in Sydney and had spells with the Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels as well as in New South Wales with the Waratahs.

"We have been looking to add to our strength in the back-three positions for next season and Peter is certainly able to do that," Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill said.

"He is a big man at 6'4", a powerful runner with good pace, and he has been playing some good rugby for the Waratahs as well as reaching Test status with Australia."

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