Bernard Foley says Australia are out for revenge against England
By Michael Kelleher
Last Updated: 30/11/16 1:17pm
Australia fly-half Bernard Foley says the Wallabies will be out for revenge on Saturday at Twickenham following their 3-0 series whitewash by England last summer.
After a World Cup final appearance in 2015, this year has been a disappointing one for Michael Cheika's side, with eight losses in 14 matches coming into this weekend's November series finale.
The low point of 2016 was the comprehensive manner they were outplayed on home soil by England in June and Foley admits that series is still playing on the minds of Australia's players.
"For us it was a very disappointing series," he said. "It was tough to swallow but we had to give real credit to England.
"Looking back on it there was a lack of preparation before that series, coming straight out of the mid-season of Super Rugby, but we have to put that behind us now. We're looking for revenge.
"It's always been in the back of our minds, or there's always been that talking of getting to play England at home, and there's no bigger motivation to finish off the year and to finish strong.
"Coming to a head this weekend, it's going to be very important to finish off well, we don't play another Test for seven months, and you are only as good as your last performance."
Foley will come against rising Bath star George Ford at Twickenham and he admits he has been very impressed with how his opposite number has combined with inside centre Owen Farrell.
"George is a good tradesman at ten, he's able to run the game," he said. "What he's done for Eddie and this new England team is direct the team around and that's exactly what you want from your fly-half.
"He runs well, he kicks well and he passes well, so I think he's a good tradesman and he's steering that team around well.
"Their willingness and ability to score tries from long range has been something they've really benefited from this year.
"You probably put that down to having a couple of ball players in that 10 and 12 position."