NSW Waratahs have today announced the signing of championship-winning flyhalf Bernard Foley on a flexible three-year contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union.
The new agreement locks away the 25-year-old incumbent Wallabies flyhalf until at least the end of 2018 and ensures he will be eligible for Qantas Wallabies and NSW Waratahs selection in each year of the deal.
As part of the Flexible Contract, Foley will also be entitled to spend two seasons playing Rugby in the Japanese domestic competition.
These two opportunities will exist at the end of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and at the conclusion of the 2016 Rugby Championship.
NSW Waratahs CEO Greg Harris said the retention of Foley on a flexible contract was a positive outcome for both the Waratahs and for Australian rugby.
“Bernard is an outstanding talent and an integral part of our team,” Harris said.
“It is essential for the Waratahs that we lock away the spine of the team and retaining Bernard, along with Nick Phipps, is a crucial part of this exercise.”
Playing in every game of the title-winning season in 2014, Foley exemplified his talent and consistency reaching his 100, 200 and 300 NSW point milestones as he rapidly accumulated a 252 point total for the Super Rugby season – including 45 conversions and 44 penalties.
Able to play a role in fullback or fly-half, Foley’s versatility emerged during his early career as a sevens specialist, first gaining selection to the Australian side in 2009.
He was a silver medallist with the Australian Sevens team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and went on to captain the national squad in the 2010/11 IRB Sevens Series.
He made his Super Rugby debut in 2011 against the Auckland Blues in the Waratahs semi-final appearance; he was included in the Wallabies squad for the 2012 Test series against Scotland and Wales after just 11 appearances for his state. He eventually debuted for Australia against Argentina in Rosario during the 2013 Rugby Championship season, and is now regularly included in the Wallabies’ starting fifteen.
Foley grew up in Dural and attended Redfield College before moving schools to study at St Aloysius College. The eastern suburbs local completed his Bachelor of Economics at Sydney University in 2012, and is a member of the Sydney University club which plays in the Intrust Super Shute Shield competition.
Date Of Birth: 08/09/1989
Place of Birth: Sydney NSW
Club: Sydney University
NSW Caps: 56
Super Rugby Caps: 55