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Foley ready to unleash Folau at Waratahs
Ben Horne
17:38 AEST Thu Jan 31 2013

Bernard Foley says he's the man to unleash Israel Folau and the Waratahs' star-studded backline this Super Rugby season.

The five-eighth position has been somewhat of a poisoned chalice at the Waratahs in recent years, but Foley, who played mostly fullback last year, is confident he can make the No.10 jersey his own.

Since 2011, Kurtley Beale, Berrick Barnes and Daniel Halangahu have all been given the keys to the Waratahs' backline, but any success has been fleeting.

The Waratahs boast an attacking arsenal that is the envy of any team in Super Rugby, with cross-code convert Folau complementing the likes of Adam Ashley-Cooper, Drew Mitchell and Lachlan Turner.

NSW can ill-afford their try-scoring weapons to be starved of opportunities out wide.

Foley is set to get first crack at five-eighth under new coach Michael Cheika and is confident he has the game to spark Super Rugby's sleeping giant into action.

"(Five-eighth) has been the revolving door at the Waratahs but I'm not looking to try and overplay my hand," Foley said.

"I've trained there throughout the pre-season ... and I played the last couple of games there last season so I've got my head around it and I've been thinking about that and practising for that the whole summer.

"It's been good for me to adjust to that position as well and try and control the show.

"I see myself as a 10."

Foley has a deceptively dangerous running game, shaped from his time at fullback and days playing for the Australian Sevens team.

He's promised to take the line on but says his first thought will be to set up chances for those around him.

Foley will play in the Waratahs' opening trial on Saturday against Melbourne in Hobart.

"I think we've got so much potency out wide and in the centres that it would be silly for me to try and control the game with the ball in my hand," he said.

"It'll be my job to distribute and give them the opportunities.

"I have that attacking and running game ... the more I can do that, the more it holds the defence in and allows guys out wider to break the line."


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