A former Australian Schoolboys, Under 20s and Sevens representative, PETER BETHAM has found a home on the wing for the NSW Waratahs in 2013.
Utilised for his strong ball running attributes, Betham was named in Ewen McKenzie’s first Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship extended 40-man squad after an impressive season with the Waratahs.
Betham’s third season of Super Rugby was his most successful yet, finding consistency to feature in 13 of the ‘Tahs 16 fixtures and starring in their historic match against the British & Irish Lions in June.
The 24-year-old set up the Waratahs’ first try against the Lions, fielding a cross-field kick from Bernard Foley and breaking away downfield, shrugging off one tackle before drawing the Lions’ fullback and offloading in contact to send Tom Carter away for his first of two tries.
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Betham grew up playing rugby league for the Coogee Wombats. After earning selection for the South Sydney Rabbitohs junior sides, Betham played Rugby at Sydney’s St Joseph’s College and went on to represent the Australian Schoolboys for two years.
In 2005 he scored the match-winning try for the Australia A Schoolboys in their dramatic 14-13 triumph over the New Zealand Schoolboys in Sydney.
He spent time with both the ACT Brumbies and Waratahs between 2008 and 2010 without making his way into a match-day 22, before finally making his Super Rugby debut for the Melbourne Rebels in 2011.
He also spent a season in 2012 playing for the Tasman Makos in the New Zealand provincial Rugby competition, where he finished up as one of the top-three offensive players in the competition.
FAST FACT: Peter Betham played alongside Kurtley Beale in high school as part of Sydney’s St. Joseph’s College First XV.