Tigers bring in Wallaby winger

Date published: April 20 2015

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has confirmed the signing of Wallaby winger Peter Betham for next season.

The Waratahs flyer will join at the end of the current Super Rugby campaign, provided he is not involved with Australia's World Cup campaign.

The 26-year-old can play both wing and full-back and scored two tries in last weekend's win over the previously unbeaten Hurricanes.

He will provide valuable cover for the Tigers, who will lose both Blaine Scully and Mathew Tait at the end of the current campaign.

"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," said Cockerill.

"He is a big man at six feet four inches, 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.

"He'll join us at the end of the Super Rugby season and we look forward to seeing him settle here ahead of the new campaign."

Betham admits it was a difficult decision to leave the Waratahs, but is excited about the challenge offered by Leicester.

"I'm looking forward to joining Leicester Tigers at the end of my commitments in Australia. It was a decision that I did not take lightly, having thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Waratahs and its success in recent years," he said.

"The opportunity to join a prestigious club such as the Tigers is very exciting and humbling. The Premiership is a great competition which will help develop me as a player while I endeavour to add and contribute to the Leicester Tigers team and community."