Foley rejects Wallabies role

Date published: October 23 2014

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Conscious of neglecting his role with the Force ahead of the new Super Rugby season, Michael Foley turned down the Wallabies.

Conscious of neglecting his role with the Force ahead of the new Super Rugby season, Michael Foley turned down the Wallabies.

Foley had been asked by new Australia head coach Michael Cheika to help out with the forwards on the upcoming tour to Europe, a role he fulfilled for two years between 2006-2008.

Andrew Blades, employed under Ewen McKenzie and retained by Cheika, is set to fill that role.

Foley admitted that the decision hadn’t been simple, but ensuring the Force got the best out of their coach was an important factor.

Brumbies boss Stephen Larkham made a similar call earlier this week.

“I felt I had to do the right thing by the club,” Foley told the West Australian.

“To be asked to represent Australia was a massive honour and it had great appeal, particularly working on a significant project.

“My role as head coach at the Force requires me to be here and I didn’t feel I could do justice to the staff and players by not being here.

“When I spoke to Michael we discussed that I could maybe help down the track as long it didn’t impact on the Force.

“The challenge at the Force is something I love and I don’t want to feel that I haven’t given it everything it deserves.”

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