Fly-half Ben Donaldson signs new two-year deal with Waratahs

Ben Donaldson made his Waratahs debut in 2019
Ben Donaldson made his Waratahs debut in 2019

New South Wales Waratahs have confirmed that fly-half Ben Donaldson has penned a new two-year contract with the Super Rugby club.

The 22-year-old made his professional rugby debut with provincial side Sydney Rays in 2018 with his Super Rugby debut for Waratahs coming a year later. Having played six matches in the maiden Super Rugby AU season, injuries hampered his involvement with the club at the start of the 2021 season.

“Obviously as a NSW boy, I’ve always wanted to play for the Waratahs, so it was a pretty easy decision in the end,” Donaldson told the club's official website.

“After getting a crack last year, I feel like I belong here at this level and have loved every minute I’ve gotten the opportunity to wear the Sky-Blue.

“We’re definitely building, and the boys are hungrier and more eager to perform for our state and fans next year. The overall goal is to win a competition but to do that we need to perform each week on the training paddock and the field.”

Waratahs attack coach Chris Whitaker is delighted with Donaldson committing his immediate future with the club.

“He’s calm and composed under pressure and that’s exactly what you want from your fly-half and you could see that this year in his performance against the Western Force in his first game back from injury,” Whitaker said.

“He’s a product of our pathways, he came straight out of school into our academy and we’re really impressed with his development and are looking forward to what he can bring to the Waratahs in 2022 and beyond.”