Peter Betham

Wing

Test Rugby Points:
5
Test Rugby Debut:
2013 v New Zealand, Dunedin
Test Rugby Caps:
2
Profile
Height: 192cm
Weight: 98kg
Date Of Birth: 06/01/1989
Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Club  
Club NSW Waratahs
Representative Honours: Australian Schoolboys (2005-2006), Australian Under 19 (2007), Australian Under 20s (2008), Australian Sevens (2008)
Senior Tours: UK/Europe 2013

NSW Waratahs winger PETER BETHAM is poised to add to his one Test cap after being recalled to the Qantas Wallabies squad in 2014.

Betham started the 2014 season strongly for the NSW Waratahs but a foot injury ruled him out for much of their record-breaking Super Rugby campaign. Since then the talented winger has returned to form in the inaugural Buildcorp National Rugby Championship with the Sydney Stars.

Betham will be looking to build on his breakthrough 2013 year which ended with his Wallabies debut in Australia’s third and final Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand in Dunedin.

He was initially named in Ewen McKenzie’s first Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship extended 40-man squad after an impressive season with the Waratahs, where he scored six tries from his first 11 starts.  While missing initial section, he didn’t need to wait long to push his way into the side, as he capped his meteoric rise to become the 12th player to earn his Wallabies Test debut in 2013.

It was an unexpected 2013 call-up for the Waratahs flyer, who was re-called into the Test squad only days before the game following late injuries to both Joe Tomane and Chris Feauai-Sautia.  Betham re-joined the squad on the Thursday unaware of his Test selection only to have the news broken to him at the team’s morning training session just prior to their departure to New Zealand.

A former Australian Schoolboys, Under 20s and Sevens representative; Betham impressed in his debut as he flashed his strong quality as a natural attacker and strong ball-carrier in his first Test experience.

The Test wasn’t his only highlight on the international stage with the 25-year-old setting up the Waratahs’ first try against The British & Irish Lions in 2013, 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 alongside Kurtley Beale 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.