Adrian Warren July 03, 2012
Bernard Foley believes a new playmaking combination can add another dimension to the Waratahs' backline as he prepares for his first Super Rugby start at flyhalf.
Foley, who has excelled at fullback this season, is tipped to line up at No.10 for Saturday's clash against the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium.
The highly-rated 22-year-old, who was part of the Wallabies training squad for their June Tests, spent time training at flyhalf yesterday.
Foley's mooted switch would lead to his Sydney University clubmate and incumbent Wallabies flyhalf Berrick Barnes moving to inside centre.
''We played a little bit at 10 and 12 at Uni last year,'' Foley said.
''But he was [also] at 15 and I was at 10 and it's just really good to have two ballplayers within a backline whether that be at 10 and 12 or 10 and 15.
''I think it's just another dimension that we can add to an attacking backline.''
Foley was excited at the prospect of marshalling a Wallaby-laden backline, with the expected return of Lachie Turner from a hamstring injury meaning the Waratahs will have all their top backs available for the first time this season.
This clash with the Brumbies is set to mark his first run of the year in his most familiar position after his longest stint at senior level without a run at flyhalf.
''I only really started playing at 15 at the end of the last club season so this is sort of the first year that I've played 15,'' Foley said.
''But if the chance arises and I get to play at 10, I think I'll try and make the most of that opportunity.''
Foley feels the need to be a more dominant player after establishing himself as a regular starter in this year's Super Rugby competition.
''It [starting regularly] is something I probably didn't dream of at the start of the year,'' Foley said.
''To be part of most games, it's been really fulfilling, but in saying that you can't just rest on participating.
''You feel you've got to add and be a dominant member of the side, whether I'm playing at 10 or 15.
''For me this year has been good, but my opportunities I probably haven't made the most of.'' AAP