Foley inspired by Larkham

Date published: October 6 2015

Bernard Foley has revealed that he is enjoying working under legendary Australian fly-half Stephen Larkham.

The former Brumbies pivot is Australia's assistant coach and Foley is trying to absorb as much of his knowledge as he can.

It is clearly paying dividends, as the Waratahs number ten was the star of the show during the recent rout against England, scoring 28 points to kick the hosts out of the World Cup.

"Stephen, he's such a world class fly-half," said the 26-year-old.

"He brings that wealth of knowledge. The way he approaches games is so efficient and economical in the way he wants to do things and the game plan that we want to play.

"That probably rubbed off on me as having a good balance in what I do in my runs, carries and passes and kicks and also just playing a style that's suited more to Test rugby.

"His knowledge and his vision and wisdom for the game was on show when he played but now as a coach as well. It's definitely a brain that I can talk to and someone that I can get a wealth of knowledge out of."

Meanwhile, Larkham said the consistency that Foley has shown over the last two seasons at the Waratahs has been impressive.

"I've seen him play a number of really good games," said the backline coach.

"Even this year he's played some really good games but hasn’t had the accolades. I guess scoring 28 points is pretty special. But he's been consistent for a long time now."