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Foley Set for Waratahs Departure

Wallabies fly-half Bernard Foley has confirmed that he will not be representing the Waratahs next season

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Bernard Foley has announced that he will be leaving the Waratahs and heading overseas after the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year. 

The Wallabies out-half is the franchises most-capped No 10 of all time and has 67-caps for Australia to his name however, it is still unknown where he will be playing his rugby next.

Foley admitted that the decision was not easy to make and believes the Waratahs have formed him as a player both on and off the pitch.

“It’s not been an easy decision and one that took a great deal of thought, but to be moving on from the Waratahs is certainly a bittersweet feeling. The Waratahs gave me my first opportunity at professional rugby and I’ve grown so much as a player and a person during my time here, playing with some of the game’s greats and making friendships that will last a lifetime,” he said when talking to the club’s website.

The 29-year-old went on to thank everyone who has been a part of his time with the club.

“It’s been a privilege to represent this great state and my family and friends. I’d like to thank the coaches who have supported me and the teammates I’ve played with over the years. Our fans have been exceptional during my time here and I’d like to thank them for their support, I look forward to cheering on the boys with them well into the future. I’ve loved every minute of my time here, but I’ve got a new challenge in front of me and I’m looking forward to that as well,” he added.

Foley has previously spent time in Japan with the Ricoh Black Rams following the 2015 World Cup and it is reported that he will make a return to the Japanese Top League.

He is the latest in a list of players to confirm their departure from the club after Curtis Rona, Nick Phipps and Sekope Kepu all announced they will be leaving.

If he heads to Japan, he will be following similar footsteps of fellow Wallabies Will Genia and Quade Cooper who announced this week that they will be playing in the Japanese second-tier with Kintestu Liners next year.

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White’s Future Finally Sorted Out

Wallabies scrum-half Nic White has confirmed what team he shall sign for come the end of his contract with Exeter

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The Brumbies have confirmed the signing of Wallabies scrum-half Nic White from the Exeter Chiefs from the 2021 Super Rugby season.

White has signed a two-year deal that will see him through until after the 2022 Super Rugby season with his former employers, whom he lined-out for previously between 2011 and 2015. 

The 29-year-old has admitted that he is delighted to be moving home in a couple of years time but is looking forward to the remainder of his time with the Chiefs before then. 

“The Brumbies is home for me, and Canberra is home for my family, so to know that my future is set and that I’ll be back at the Brumbies. It’s so exciting. Right now, I’m completely focused on the Rugby World Cup and the Wallabies, and I look forward to getting back to the Chiefs and ripping in with them, but again, knowing I’ll be returning to a place and a club I love is really special,” he said. 

White re-signed with Rugby Australia in order to take part in this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan and has since gone on to become the nations first-choice scrum-half ahead of Will Genia. 

Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar is excited for White’s return and believes that he will bring a lot to the squad. 

“We are thrilled to have Whitey returning to the Brumbies,” head coach, Dan McKellar commented. “He’s a world-class player, a player who demands very high standards of himself and expects the same of others. His work ethic, competitive nature and leadership will be so important to our squad when he returns,” he said. 

During his first stint with the Aussie franchise he scored 162 points over 67 appearances before playing two seasons with French Top 14 outfit Montpellier and is currently starring for Exeter in the English Premiership

Having made his Wallabies debut in 2013, he has gone on to feature in 29 tests and is set to play his 30th game for his country when they take on Uruguay on Friday where he is in the starting line-up as the Aussies look to end the pool stages with another win and having a chance to finish top of Pool C. 

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Munster Sign Aussie Forward on Short-Term Deal

Munster have confirmed the arrival of an Australian forward for the duration of the Rugby World Cup

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Munster have signed versatile Australian forward Jed Holloway from the Waratahs on a short-term contract.

The deal will see Holloway link-up with the province come the end of September for two-months as World Cup cover subject to receiving a work permit.

Holloway will bring some experience to the pack having racked up 52 Super Rugby appearances since his debut in 2013 and can play in either the second or back row.

That will please Munster fans as their side have lost the likes of CJ Stander, Peter O’Mahony, Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne as all have been included in Joe Schmidt’s Irish squad.

The province have also confirmed that the 26-year-old has been joined in pre-season training by Paddy Butler and Peter McCabe.

Both left their clubs in Pau and Connacht respectively and have not been handed contracts at this moment in time.

Munster host London Irish in a pre-season friendly this Friday in Cork as they look to build towards the new season, which they open up against the Dragons at Thomond Park on September 28th.

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Highlanders Sign All Blacks Youngster

The Highlanders have confirmed their first signing for the 2020 Super Rugby season

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The Highlanders have announced their first signing ahead of the 2020 Super Rugby season with All Blacks Sevens and New Zealand U20 star Scott Gregory.

The 20-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the franchise and is so far only one of two confirmed outside backs in the squad for next season along with Josh McKay.

He has been a part of the New Zealand U20 World Championship squad for the past two years and played a vital role in the nations Sevens team during the 2018/19 World Series.

Having debuted for in the Mitre 10 Cup in 2018 for Northland and has become known for his speed and will be a welcome addition to the Highlanders following the mass exodus of players at the end of last season.

Come the end of the season the franchise confirmed that a total of 12 players would be departing them including All Blacks Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Liam Squire, Luke Whitelock and Jackson Hemopo.

As well as them there is a huge loss of Super Rugby experience in Matt Faddes who is set to join Ulster for the 2019/20 season.

Most of the players are heading overseas in order to receive improved contracts in what is becoming an increasing problem for Southern Hemisphere nations.

The Highlanders finished the 2019 season with a quarter-final loss to eventual winners the Crusaders and with all the departures it is expected that Gregory will be the first of many new faces through the door.

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