Flyhalf Bernard Foley has put pen to paper to re-commit to Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs until the end of 2019.
Fresh from leading the Wallabies to their biggest comeback in Test history against Argentina, the 29-year-old has re-buffed offers from overseas to pursue World Cup glory in Japan next year.
A veteran of 64 Tests, Foley is the fourth-highest points scorer (593) in Wallabies history and only sits behind Australian Rugby legends Matt Giteau (698 points), Matt Burke (878) and Michael Lynagh (911).
For NSW, he joined a special group of players this year who have played 100 games for their State. In all, he has a 106 caps to his name, including 105 Super Rugby matches.
“I'm really happy to re-sign and now focus on pushing ahead to what’s a really big season next year for both Super Rugby and internationals,” said Foley, who attended Redfield College and also St Aloysius College in Sydney.
“I have always loved playing for my State, let alone being able to captain the side on occasions this year. I believe this team can do great things in 2019 and I’m looking forward to working hard and going one better than we did this year,” he added.
NSW Waratahs Coach Daryl Gibson said: “Bernard is one of our leaders and it’s an opportunity for him to finish his NSW career on a high while guiding our next generation of flyhalves. He has grown as a captain this season, leading the team in the latter stages and during some challenging matches.”
Foley has starred at all levels of the game in Australia, having won a Commonwealth Games Silver medal for Rugby Sevens at the Delhi Games in 2010 before being named the 2011 Australian Sevens Player of the Year.
Recognition in the 15-man game followed soon after as he made Shute Shield debut for Sydney University in 2011 before earning his first NSW Waratahs cap later that year against the Blues in Auckland.
The flyhalf led the NSW Waratahs to their maiden Super Rugby title in 2014 before cementing his spot as the Wallabies first-choice number ten in their charge to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final.
Bernard Foley Stats
Super Rugby debut: 2011 v Blues, Auckland
Super Rugby caps: 105
Super Rugby points: 958 (26T, 216C, 132P)
AustraliaSevens debut: Dubai 2009
Australia Sevens caps: 13
Australia Sevens points: 197 (29T, 26C)
Test debut: 2013 v Argentina, Rosario
Test caps: 64
Test points: 593 (15T, 118C, 93P, 1DG)