Waratahs stalwart Bernard Foley could return from injury for their derby against the Reds in Brisbane on Sunday.
The 26-year-old was sidelined for a month after sustaining a shoulder injury and on Tuesday trained strongly with the team and completed a full-contact session without complaints.
The Sydneysiders’ assistant coach Chris Malone said Foley’s comeback is a massive boost and said although stand-in pivot Kurtley Beale had done a proper job, Foley’s track record of not missing a single game in three seasons prior to this year speaks for itself.
“Bernard’s a proven match-winner and a level head and can guide the team well, so it will be good to have him back,” Malone told AAP.
“So everyone’s comfortable also with him there.
“We’re lucky that it (injury striking Foley) didn’t happen over the last few years.”
Malone also revealed that the final make-up of the Waratahs’ backline would largely depend on who Foley wanted around him.
“If Bernard came back in, what would he feel most comfortable with – they’re the things you’re tossing up,” added Malone.
“What’s the team going to be most comfortable with? What’s the bold decision to make, or what are the bold moves?
“But we’ve got options.”