Foley eager to share his knowledge
Sydney - 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 flyhalf 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 flyhalf.
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."