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Foley, Folau to guide young Tahs backs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/02/2017 Adrian Warren

Wallabies game breakers Bernard Foley and Israel Folau will take ownership.of a youthful Waratahs backline in the coming Super Rugby season.

Several of the young guns will be unveiled in Thursday's final trial against an All Blacks-laden Highlanders side in Sydney.

While Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has named six Wallabies in their starting pack, centre Folau and first five-eighth Foley are the only internationals in a young backline, with Test veteran Rob Horne expected to miss the opening round Super game through injury.

Halfback Jake Gordon, inside centre Irae Simone and winger Harry Jones will all get their first start in the senior side.

Asked about his role in guiding the youngsters around, playmaker Foley drew a comparison with the NFL's Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

"Just ease those guys into the game, a bit like the Tom Brady effect, just allow them to do their job," Foley said.

"In the past couple of years I've looked around and you had the likes of Adam Ashley-Cooper and Kurtley Beale, guys who have been stalwarts in Super Rugby.

"Now looking around in that backline there is a bit of a void, but it's a challenge I have to take up along with Israel."

NSW Waratahs: Andrew Kellaway, Reece Robinson, Israel Folau, Irae Simone, Harry Jones, Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon, Michael Wells, Michael Hooper (capt), Jack Dempsey, Will Skelton, Dean Mumm, Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Tom Robertson.

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