The Waratahs have taken another step in closing out their 2012 roster with the confirmation that 21-year-olds Bernard Foley and Greg Peterson will move into the Super Rugby squad next season.
Both players have agreed to two-year deals with the Waratahs.
Foley is enjoying the best year of his career, capping off a season as captain of the Australian Sevens team with his Waratahs debut in the Super Rugby play-off match against the Blues at Eden Park.
The 21-year-old has carried his impressive form through to the Shute Shield where he has shown his versatility as a playmaker and fullback for Sydney University in their quest for a seventh straight premiership.
Last week Foley added to his 2011 accolades when he claimed the Shawn Mackay Award for Australian Sevens Player of the Year.
Peterson's signature comes at the end of a frustrating year which saw the towering lock represent Australia at the Junior World Championships before a shoulder injury curtailed his season.
At 204cm and 122 kg, Peterson strikes an imposing figure and his physical style is in the mould of Dan Vickerman.
After representing Australian Schools out of Scots College in 2009, Peterson stepped straight into the Junior Waratahs program and his first season of grade Rugby.
The towering lock quickly established himself in the second row for Manly and was named Shute Shield Rookie of the Year in 2010.
He then went on to feature in the pre-season for the Waratahs, scoring a try against the Western Force in a trial match at Nowra.
Head coach Michael Foley said that the acquisitions represent the next generation of players coming through the ranks in NSW.
"Both Bernie and Greg came through the school system in NSW and have taken what are some well trodden pathways through to the Waratahs via the Sevens, Under-20 and the Junior Waratahs," said Foley.
"If both players continue their development as they have over the last 12 to 24 months, then they'll become the type of players who this team can be built around in the years to come.
"That said, the reason we've brought them into the Super Rugby program for 2012 is because we believe they can play a positive role in next year's campaign.
"Greg's had a frustrating season with injury, but he showed everyone at 19 years of age that he was capable of mixing it with the best in the Shute Shield and he'll only improve by training day-in day-out alongside players like Dan Vickerman and Dean Mumm.
"It's been a long year for Bernie; he started in late 2010 with the Sevens program and his game has continued to progress the more he has been back playing 15-a-side. His call-up for the Super Rugby semi-final was genuinely deserved and he continued that form to get a call-up for the Baa-baas."
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