Folau-Foley combo to test All Blacks

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    Wallabies’ five-eighth Bernard Foley will keep backing the aerial ability of high-flying fullback Israel Folau, even against the mighty All Blacks.

    Foley’s cross-field kicks have proved a fruitful source of tryscoring opportunities for Waratahs and Wallabies teammate Folau in recent weeks.

    He’s set to persevere with the tactic against New Zealand in the upcoming Rugby Championship, though the world champions are renowned for pouncing on the smallest opposition error deep in their own half and going the length of the field to score.

    “I think we back our personnel better,” Foley said.

    “I think Izzy is probably the best in the world in the aerial battles.

    “The All Blacks, we’ll address that when the time comes.

    “But at the moment it’s something that we’re using and it’s worked well for us, so it’s something we’ll be looking to use in the future.”

    Foley’s precise kicking got the endorsement of Waratahs and Wallabies’ teammate Ned Hanigan in a rapid-fire piece of banter between the two men.

    “He’s got pinpoint accuracy,” Hanigan said.

    “Exactly right!,” Foley quipped.

    “Nothing to worry about,” Hanigan added.

    New Wallabies blindside flanker Hanigan got his first start as a second rower for the Waratahs in last Saturday’s loss to the Jaguares.

    Although he was considered primarily as a lock at the start of the season, Hanigan prospered in the No.6 jersey after being switched to blindside flanker by Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson following an injury to Jack Dempsey.

    “I probably prefer six, it’s a bit loose and it gives your ears a bit of a rest,” Hanigan said.

    “But being in tighter, you get a few more ball carries and eye gouges in the maul, so it’s all good fun.

    “Each position comes with a fair bit of enjoyment for me.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • July 12th 2017 @ 9:07am
      stubs said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:07am | ! Report

      We’re going to need more than a few high balls to Izzy to beat the All Blacks…

      • Roar Guru

        July 12th 2017 @ 5:42pm
        Timbo (L) said | July 12th 2017 @ 5:42pm | ! Report

        I would like to see a highball contest between Folau, Dagg or Smith.
        My money is on Izzy.

        The reality is the Kiwi’s won’t let Foley hang onto the ball long enough to make the kick, neutralizing any advantage.
        The Scots were clever enough to kick the highball away from his defensive wing and tactical kick deep behind him.
        If I saw that, I am sure Hanson’s team of minions will be able to work it out just as easily and make a punishing counter offer.

        • July 14th 2017 @ 2:46am
          taylorman said | July 14th 2017 @ 2:46am | ! Report

          Oh, I thought your money’d be on Folau, not Izzy.?

          • Roar Guru

            July 14th 2017 @ 3:40pm
            Timbo (L) said | July 14th 2017 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

            Well spotted, That wasn’t my intent.
            If only I had thought of that, it is quite a clever bit of comedy.

            • July 15th 2017 @ 10:14am
              taylorman said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

              As Bill once said, what’s in a name huh??

    • July 12th 2017 @ 9:08am
      Red Menace said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:08am | ! Report

      Why was this Waratah press release allowed to be published here?

      • July 12th 2017 @ 11:36am
        markie362 said | July 12th 2017 @ 11:36am | ! Report

        Its nice these 2 having a bit of banter its just a shame they cant get serious another to play some decent rugby

      • July 13th 2017 @ 10:54pm
        PiratesRugby said | July 13th 2017 @ 10:54pm | ! Report

        These clowns barely tested Scotland and were lucky to beat Italy B. On top of 3-0 to England and smashing by NZ last year. If the Wallabies get within 20 points of NZ they should think themselves lucky. Australia will NEVER win the Bled or RWC with Foley. Every time he is picked in the starting XV an angel cries.

        • July 14th 2017 @ 10:33am
          Neil said | July 14th 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

          So who do you think should be the alternative 10, Piratesrugby? There simply is not a viable alternative, no matter whether Foley is not up to the job as you seem to think. Are you proposing we consider Cooper? Give me strength. He produces five minutes of reasonable rugby in an eighty minute game and all the idiots come out of the woodwork screaming ‘the Messiah has risen’. Cooper isn’t in the same league as Foley and can’t be considered as an alternative, unless Foley is injured. Hopefully the next years will spit forth a couple of alternative 10’s, but til then we are stuck with the devil we know.

          • Roar Guru

            July 14th 2017 @ 1:10pm
            Hoy said | July 14th 2017 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

            Tell me what aspects of the game you think Foley has that are so much better than Cooper?

          • July 15th 2017 @ 4:17am
            Ken Catchpole's Other. Leg said | July 15th 2017 @ 4:17am | ! Report

            Cooper is the best 10 in Australia. Has been so for 6 years.
            Win/loss stats, and defence stats would support this.

            • July 15th 2017 @ 12:26pm
              Neil said | July 15th 2017 @ 12:26pm | ! Report

              What a lot of drivel, Ken. If there are stats, show them. Until then, Cooper is simply inconsistent. Moments of brilliance interspersed with rubbish play. Friday night was a good example of this. I would like a better alternative to Foley, but Cooper isn’t even close.

    • July 12th 2017 @ 9:11am
      Bamboo said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:11am | ! Report

      Interesting the Wallabies aren’t playing at Eden Park this year. Would have been a perfect opportunity for Folau to have a look around the property market in preparation for next years shift.

    • July 12th 2017 @ 9:31am
      Country boy said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:31am | ! Report

      This of course is predicated on Foley actually receiving the ball…………

    • July 12th 2017 @ 9:35am
      Dingo said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:35am | ! Report

      Need to get into field position first Iceman, how’s your tactical kicking coming?

    • July 12th 2017 @ 9:40am
      Neil said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:40am | ! Report

      Bamboo, you cynic 🙂

      • July 12th 2017 @ 10:16am
        Bamboo said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:16am | ! Report

        As of this week the Warriors need an outside back, and Warriors management have been stating all year Folau is on their radar…..

        • July 12th 2017 @ 10:44am
          Link said | July 12th 2017 @ 10:44am | ! Report

          I hope Folau goes. He has constanly hindered the Aussie backline for 3 years..Laziest FB i`ve ever seen play the game.Never made a covering tackle to save a try in his Wallaby career.You all know it.Go have a look.Never in the picture when the opposition plunges over.It`s a massive hole in his game. I don’t know why the coaching staff have not addressed it.

          • July 12th 2017 @ 9:12pm
            Rhys Bosley said | July 12th 2017 @ 9:12pm | ! Report

            My theory is that they don’t address it because they still think he is the golden haired boy and don’t want to risk offending him. If so they certainly haven’t done him any favours, he doesn’t come across as the kinda guy who wants his team to lose, but if people won’t be honest with him it is harder for him to develop.

            • Roar Rookie

              July 13th 2017 @ 10:56am
              piru said | July 13th 2017 @ 10:56am | ! Report

              Agree Rhys
              He honestly seems to me like the kind of player who’d be quite coachable – baffling that he still has big holes in his game.

              • July 13th 2017 @ 12:06pm
                Neil said | July 13th 2017 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

                Yes, Piru, but he has less holes in his game and is more consistent than any other contenders for the 10 role. Cannot understand why he cannot be coached to kick distance for touch. if he was better at this there would be daylight between him an any alternative 10’s available.

              • Roar Rookie

                July 13th 2017 @ 12:17pm
                piru said | July 13th 2017 @ 12:17pm | ! Report

                15s?

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