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.
Springbok Lock Heading Home After Six Years in France
Following a six-year stint in France one Springbok is heading back to his old stomping ground
The 17-cap Springbok, who made his last international appearance in 2013 before his move, is a welcome addition to the Bulls squad following the departures of Lodewyk de Jager and RG Snyman to Sale Sharks and Honda Heat respectively.
Kruger took to social media to confirm his return and is excited to be back.
“Hi Bulls family. Juandre Kruger here. It has been a while since I addressed you guys. For those who haven’t heard I am super excited to announce that I am heading back to my old stomping ground, Loftus. I have just done a deal with the Bulls and I will be joining the boys in December later this year. I am looking forward to making you proud. I’ll check you in a few months,” he said.
The 33-year-old will bring plenty of experience having previously played for the Bulls between 2008 and 2013 before heading to Racing 92 where he stayed for three-years, winning the Top 14 in his final year. He then moved on to Toulon whom he is leaving to re-join the Bulls.
Kruger’s signing is the second of an impressive week for the Bulls after they announced the arrival of Scottish international Josh Strauss earlier this week. He will link-up with the squad following the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
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Another player has decided to make a move over to the US for a taste of Major League Rugby action
The 33-year-old has been at Allianz Park for two years, making 32 appearances and has been influential in helping the club’s young talent.
“It’s been an amazing two years. I’ve met a lot of really good people and have been a part of a team which has won four trophies since I’ve been here. It’s been more than I could ever have asked for. Saracens are a massive club and pride themselves on being up there and winning things; being part of that has been amazing,” he said.
As well as his efforts on the pitch and with the youth development he has also set up fourfive CBD with fellow lock George Kruis which is a brand that helps athletes maintain an active lifestyle.
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall thanked Day for his time at the club and wished him luck in the US.
“Dom has been a brilliant person to have at the club over the last two seasons. In particular, he has played a key role in mentoring some of our younger players both on and off the field. We wish him and Nadia well as they embark on this exciting new challenge and will always be grateful to him for the huge contribution he has made at our club,” he said.
Day will now link-up with former England international Steffon Armitage, who joined San Diego Legion last week.
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One of Australia’s hookers seems set for a move to Europe next season according to reports
The report claims that the Waratahs player, who is in the Wallabies Rugby Championship squad for their upcoming campaign, has burnt his bargaining bridges with Rugby Australia following a drink-driving incident earlier this year.
That issue resulted in Latu pleading guilty to the charges and being handed suspensions both on and off the pitch. He received a four-match suspension and a $5,000 fine from Rugby Australia.
However, on the pitch Latu has been in good form and it is thought to be wanted by Heyneke Meyer at Stade Francais, who already have four Aussies in his squad in Paul Alo-Emile, Sefa Naivalu, Hughe Pyle and Tala Gray.
The Top 14 side have got three hookers on their books in Laurent Panis, Remi Bonfils and Lucas Da Silva, but the arrival of Latu would most likely become the first-choice hooker if he arrived.
Ironically if the move does come to be the 26-year-old would be joining a club that his current Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika used to manage.
Whatever happens, Latu will more than likely be heading to the World Cup in Japan with his country meaning any move away from the Waratahs would occur in November once the tournament concludes.
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