That was compounded by the fact that Foley had not only just led and kicked the Waratahs to a maiden Super Rugby title days prior, but also steered the Wallabies with aplomb two months earlier in the three-Test cleansweep of France.
“Off the back end of it all it definitely was something to swallow,” Foley said.
“There was a bit of disappointment there for a second, as every player would (feel) when they get dropped, but then I focused on my role, digested it and looked forward to it.
“In a day or two and you get over it. You’re still representing your country, you’re on the bench and you still have a job to do.
“Going forward that’s always going to drive me to be a better player.”
While Foley is excited to be back in the No.10 jersey for the Boks, he was at pains not to detract from Beale’s temporary custodianship of the role.
“I thought KB did quite a good job in those couple of games,” he said.
“From a person who hadn’t played 10 all year, to step up and call the plays I thought he did very well.”
Foley will be partnered in the halves by Waratahs teammate Nick Phipps for Saturday’s Test after Nic White was also dropped after the embarrassing 51-20 thumping from the All Blacks in Auckland.
“To come back in and have those familiar faces around is definitely a lot more settling,” Foley said.
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