New man Foley backs dropped Beale

Date published: September 2 2014

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Australia fly-half Bernard Foley has sympathised with his Waratahs team-mate Kurtley Beale following the latter being dropped.

Australia fly-half Bernard Foley has sympathised with his Waratahs team-mate Kurtley Beale following the latter being dropped.

Beale was picked ahead of Foley for the first two matches in this year's Rugby Championship in a surprise move by Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie.

Foley steered the Waratahs to a Super Rugby title playing at number ten and was comfortably the tournament's top points scorer.

Restored to the fly-half role after starting in all three Tests in June against France, Foley felt Beale did well considering he hadn't played the position so far in 2014.

“I thought KB (Beale) did quite a good job those couple of games. For a person who hadn't played 10 all year to step up and call the plays I think he did very well,” Foley told Reuters.

“I knew I had an important role in coming on at the back end of the games, trying to bring a different level of energy or intensity when I got on the field.

“The aim was hopefully to come on and try to finish the game off and win the game for the guys but it wasn't to be so I think that's why there's been a couple of changes.”

Foley though remained excited to get back into the starting lineup, with a stern challenge lying ahead this weekend in the form of the Springboks.

“It's exciting to get the challenge to be back at number ten,” added Foley.

“To steer the side around is sort of what I've enjoyed all year and … hopefully this week it doesn't change.

“Coming back in and having the familiarity around me with Nick (Phipps) and Cliffy (Palu) and even having the likes of Israel and Adam Ashley (-Cooper) — the guys that I've relied on all year… it's definitely a lot more settling and I think I understand their games and hopefully they understand how I try and play the game.

“So I think we can run off each other a little bit and get a bit of continuity that we sort of had at the back end.”

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