Foley eager to share his knowledge

Date published: January 17 2017

Bernard Foley wants to share the experience he gained playing inside centre for Australia with his Waratahs team-mates as they prepare for Super Rugby.

Foley is the Waratahs' most capped fly-half and played all 15 of Australia's Tests last year, but he had to move to inside centre for a few games to accommodate Quade Cooper.

However, Foley was Michael Cheika's first-choice number 10 on their end-of-year tour and has now firmly established himself as the incumbent Wallaby fly-half.

He now wants to pass on the knowledge he gained from playing 12 with his centres at the Waratahs.

"A couple of stitches," Foley joked, when asked what he gained from the temporary switch.

"It probably allowed me to see the game a bit differently," he told AAP. "As that primary ball player, you're always involved and getting your hands on the ball. As a 12, you're playing a bit more of support.

"Now, having experienced that, hopefully I can pass on (advice regarding how to approach it) to my 12 and 13 and those guys around me. So we're all aligned in what we're seeing and how we're attacking."

Foley took a complete break during the off-season rather than play club rugby in Japan like he did last year and said it helped him come to terms with Australia's disappointing season.

"I made sure I got away and removed myself from rugby circles, refreshed mentally and physically," Foley said.

"There was still definitely times when you're rolling around in bed, thinking about the past season. But I did a bit of travelling, got out of Sydney and spent time with family and friends. All those things that allow me to switch off, come back in really recharged and ready to go."