Aussie Hewat to leave London Irish

Australian full back Peter Hewat will leave the London Irish club at the end of the season. Hewat has decided to continue his rugby career with a move to Japan.

Speaking about his decision Peter Hewat said, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my three seasons at London Irish. It is an exceptional rugby club and I’ve been lucky enough to have been coached by, and play alongside, some outstanding individuals during my time here. I will always be proud to say that I played for the Exiles.

“The time is right for me to move on. I wouldn’t play for any other club in Europe and I’ve always wanted to play in Japan so the chance to join a leading club like Suntory is a really exciting opportunity for me.

“I’m looking forward to finishing the season on a high and wish London Irish much success in the future. On behalf of my fiancée, Alicia and myself, I would like to thank all concerned with the club, especially the supporters, for making both of us feel so welcome.”

Commenting on Peter’s decision to move on, London Irish Head Coach, Toby Booth said, “We’re sorry that Peter and Alicia are leaving, they have made a big contribution to the club both on and off the field and we will miss them.

“Peter is a top class professional who has made a big impact at the club both in domestic and European competition. He has been a constant points-scorer and has rarely been unavailable for selection in his time with us.

“We’re in the great position of having a talented, new generation of players such as Tom Homer, coming through our Academy and player development system.


“Peter has been an exemplary role model and it is fitting that his departure creates opportunities for them to continue to grow. He leaves with our thanks and best wishes for the future.”

Peter joined London Irish from New South Wales Waratahs in October 2007.

He has played 75 games and scored 21 tries and 482 points to date.

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