Last laugh for Phipps and Foley

Date published: November 28 2014

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Having not been selected by any Super Rugby sides coming out of school, Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley have grafted their way to the top.

Having not been selected by any Super Rugby sides coming out of school, Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley have grafted their way to the top.

Phipps spoke of the Australia half-back pairing’s developing partnership for the Wallabies ahead of facing England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The duo are now essential for the Waratahs, having previously turned out together for Sydney University, then Australia Sevens before getting their break in Super Rugby.

“We weren’t the most talented, but once we got that taste we loved it and worked hard,” said Phipps.

“Drive definitely brought us through: neither of us made any of the Super Rugby teams when we left school.

“We didn’t have many chances then, so when you do get the opportunities, you don’t let them go.

“When the chances came, we just worked and worked to make sure when we got to Sevens camps and things, we were ready to go.

“Then we just never looked back, kept working hard and kept that work ethic all the way through to now, where we are today.”

Phipps admits that the pair still have some technicalities to iron out in order to reach the top at Test level.

“We spend quite a lot of time off the field speaking about what he wants, how to read the game and the numbers on either side of the ruck,” added Phipps.

“We’re ironing out exactly how we deliver the right technical aspects of the game now, to try to feed the game or to play the game out.

“With a World Cup approaching that’s what we’ve got to have totally sorted: you can’t make those kinds of mistakes in a quarter or semi-final.”

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