Peter Betham: Australia back signs for Leicester Tigers

Peter Betham
Betham scored two tries as Waratahs ended the Hurricanes' unbeaten start to the season

Leicester Tigers have signed versatile Australia international back Peter Betham from Super Rugby side Waratahs.

Betham, who can play as a full-back or a wing, will join the Premiership club when the current Super Rugby season ends at the start of July.

The 26-year-old has two caps for Australia, having made his debut against New Zealand in 2013.

"The chance to join a prestigious club such as the Tigers is very exciting and humbling," he told the club website.external-link

"The Premiership is a great competition which will help develop me as a player while I endeavour to add and contribute to the Leicester Tigers team and community."

Betham, who started his career with Canberra-based Brumbies, has scored 50 points in Super Rugby for defending champions Waratahs since signing from Melbourne Rebels in 2012.

"We've been looking for some more quality and strength in that back three," director of rugby Richard Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester.

"He plays multiple positions and (new head coach) Aaron (Mauger) was very keen to get him.

"Hopefully he'll fit in very well and hopefully give us some pace in those outside channels and can finish some opportunities and score some tries for us."

Leicester are currently fifth in the Premiership, three points behind Exeter Chiefs in the final play-off place with three games left to play.