Australia fly-half Bernard Foley to exit Waratahs after World Cup

Bernard Foley has played nine seasons for Waratahs
Bernard Foley has played nine seasons for Waratahs

Waratahs have confirmed the departure of Australian fly-half Bernard Foley after the end of the World Cup scheduled in Japan later this year.

The 29-year-old has been with Waratahs since 2011 and is New South Wales' most-capped fly-half with 180 appearances to his name.

“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,” Foley told the official website of the club.

“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.

“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.”

The news on Foley's exit comes after the club had already confirmed the exit of Curtis Rona, Nick Phipps and Sekope Kepu ahead of the 2020 season.