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Bernard Foley (born 8 September 1989) is an Australian rugby player of Irish descent. He plays professionally for the Australia national rugby team and the New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby. He can cover both fullback and fly-half. Foley has earned the nickname "the iceman" after successful game winning penalty goals, 2 August 2014,[1] 18 October 2015[2]

Bernard Foley
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Foley with Australia in 2017
Birth nameBernard Foley
Date of birth (1989-09-08) 8 September 1989 (age 30)
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight89 kg (14 st 0 lb; 196 lb)
SchoolSt Aloysius College, Sydney
Redfield College, Sydney
UniversitySydney University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half, Fullback
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012– Sydney University 5 (61)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014
2015–2016
2016–
Sydney Stars
Ricoh Black Rams
NSW Country Eagles
0
10
0
(0)
(62)
(0)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011– Waratahs 119 (1095)
Correct as of 29 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013– Australia 70 (619)
Correct as of 19 September 2019
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2010–2011 Australia sevens
Foley with the Sydney Stars in 2014.

Foley has had a vast amount of experience in rugby and played at a variety of differing teams and competitions both domestically and internationally. In his early years Foley played rugby sevens for Australia and competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games where he received a silver medal in the final of the rugby sevens tournament for his services for the team that took place in Delhi, India. Foley has played for the amateur club team Sydney University since 2012, who compete annually in the state-based competition the Shute Shield. During the 2015–16 Japanese Top League season, after his successive season the Waratahs just a season beforehand, Foley played for Tokyo-based club Ricoh Black Rams. And recently is playing club rugby in the National Rugby Championship for the New South Wales Country Eagles. He has played for the Australian Super Rugby franchise the New South Wales Waratahs since 2011 and Australia since 2013.

Rugby careerEdit

Rugby sevensEdit

Foley began his career in sevens in 2009. He was a silver medallist with the Australian sevens team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and went on to captain the team on the 2010–11 IRB Sevens World Series circuit. He was awarded the Sydney University Male Blue of the Year in 2011.[3] He was also named the 2011 Australian Sevens Player of the Year.[4]

WaratahsEdit

2014–15Edit

Foley was the first choice fly-half during the 2014 Waratahs season, having cemented his position in the 201213 seasons, and only having to compete with two new players, 19-year-old Dave Horwitz, 23-year-old Ben Volavola and edging out former number one fly-half, Kurtley Beale.[5]

Foley opened his 2014 campaign off in round 2round 1 was played by the South African conference – by kicking five conversions and one penalty for a combined score of thirteen points. Helping the Waratahs to a smooth six-try bonus point victory (43–21) over the Perth-based Western Force at Allianz Stadium, Sydney.[6]

On the following Saturday, 1 March 2014, Foley played at home against conference rivals, the Queensland Reds. Kicking three conversions and two penalties (12 points), with the Waratahs having won two from two Australian Conference games both at home.[7] Between rounds 5 and 11 Foley scored one try, ten conversions, and sixteen penalty goals (73 points) against the Brumbies, Rebels, Sharks, Stormers, Force, Bulls and the Blues. After eleven rounds the Waratahs were 5–4, with Bernard Foley scoring a total of 98 points.

Following the balanced win loss ratio the Waratahs had before 12, the Waratahs finished the remaining seven games of the regular season unbeaten, with Foley scoring 110 points. On 26 July 2014, the Waratahs played the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium, Sydney, in the Semi-final. Foley kicked one conversion and three penalty goals (11 points), and the Waratahs ran out 26 to 8 winners to host their first ever Super Rugby final.[8] On 2 August 2014, the Waratahs played New Zealand team the Crusaders. In the seventy-ninth minute of the 2014 Super Rugby Final, Foley kicked a 45-metre penalty goal to win the game 33–32 in front of 61,823.[9][10][11] Bernard Foley scored a total of 252 points in the 2014 Super Rugby season.

2015 was an unsuccessful season compared with 2014. However, Foley managed five tries in 2015 one short of his successive six the season prior. Foley scored a total of 187 points with the Waratahs winning the Australian conference before going down to the Highlanders in the Semi-finals.

In July 2015, Foley signed a three-year flexible contract with the Australian Rugby Union, becoming the first player to sign such a deal.[12][13] The contract enabled him to play two seasons of rugby in Japans Top League, whilst remaining eligible to represent Australia.[14]

2016–17Edit

The 2016 season was another unsuccessful season for both Foley and the Waratahs. Foley only registered 1 try, 15 penalty goals and 35 conversions (120 points). The Waratahs finished 2nd in the Australian conference, 6th in the Australasian conference and 10th overall.

2017 was one of the most unssuccesful seasons in Australian Super Rugby history, which also took a toll on both Foley's success on the field and the New South Wales Waratahs. Foley managed to score 3 tries, 12 penalty goals and 31 conversions (113 points) in 2017. The Waratahs finished second last (4th) in the Australian conference, 9th in the Australasian conference, and 16th overall with only the Japanese team the Sunwolves and the Rebels finishing with less points.

2018–19Edit

Foley had an exciting 2018 season following two very disappointing years in 2016 and 2017. Foley played a fundamental role for the Waratahs in 2018, similar to his role in the Waratahs' 2014 campaign.

Foley started off the 2018 campaign on 24 February 2018 against South African team the Stormers. Foley kicked three conversions and two penalty goals for a total score of fourteen points in a 34–17 victory at home.[15] In round 3 of the 2018 Super Rugby season, Foley kicked one penalty goal and three conversions, including a seventy-eighth-minute penalty goal to level the score, in a 24–24 draw with the Sharks of Durban at Kings Park Stadium. Foley had successfully converted ten kicks in a row following this match.[16] The next match Foley converted four of four kicks, including two in the eightieth-minute, in an away match in Buenos Aires. Losing to the Jaguares by ten points.[17]

The Waratahs' first game against an Australian conference team was in round 5 at home against the Rebels. Foley scored twenty-one points from his boot, kicking six conversions and three penalty goals for a twenty-four point victory.[18] Foley played in round 7 against Waratahs' rivals, the Brumbies on 31 March. Kicking four penalty goals and one conversion to beat the Brumbies by a converted try, 17–24.[19] The following round Foley scored fifteen points after he kicked one penalty goal and six conversions against the Sunwolves in Tokyo.[20] The Waratahs played Australian conference rivals the Queensland Reds at the Sydney Cricket Ground in round 9. Defeating them 37–16, with Foley scoring more points individually than the opposing team.[21]

In rounds 10, 12 and 13 Foley scored only fifteen points. Foley kicked six conversions and one penalty goal between those rounds.[22][23][24] In round 14 Foley converted four of the six tries scored against the Highlanders and kicked one penalty goal to score eleven points in a 41–12 victory over the New Zealand side at home.[25] Leading towards the Super Rugby finals, the Waratahs won three and lost two with Foley scoring fifty seven points. Kicking twenty-four conversions, five penalty goals and scoring one try in the process.[26][27][28][29][30] In the Super Rugby Qualifying final, Foley played an important role in the Waratahs' hopes of winning. Foley kicked two penalty goals before the tenth minute before the Highlanders scored two converted tries and also had three penalty goals to add. Losing 6–23 at half-time, Foley went on to score two tries, which he converted, before the end of the game. Foley scored a season game high of twenty-five points. The Waratahs won 30–23 at home.[31][32][33] Following the superb performance at home the week before, Foley only had six points to his name in the Semi-final against the Lions. The Waratahs lost 44–26 to finish the 2018 season.[34][35] Foley finished the season confidently as he finished top scorer in the competition with 223 points.

Foley started the 2019 season in round 1 against the Hurricanes at Brookvale Oval, Sydney. Foley scored a conversion kick in the 44th minute, after a try from Waratahs centre Curtis Rona, and four penalty goals in the 3rd, 12th, 16th and 40th minute. However, Foley missed a penalty goal late in the game. The Waratahs lost 19–20.[36] Round 2, the Waratahs played against the Sunwolves in Tokyo. Foley kicked two conversions, missing two in a windy match. The Waratahs won by one point (30–31).[37] After a round 3 bye, Foley played against rivals the Queensland Reds at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. Foley kicked three penalty goals and converted two out of three tries scored in an eleven-point victory.[38]

International careerEdit

2013–presentEdit

In July 2013, Michael Cheika, the former New South Wales Waratahs coach, announced that he would send a 34-man New South Wales Barbarians squad to Argentina to take on the Pumas in a two-match series, with Foley being named in the squad. On 3 August 2013, the Barbarians lost 29–27 in La Plata, Buenos Aires to Argentina. Foley kicked one penalty goal in the seventy-seventh minute.[39]

Foley made his debut on 5 October 2013 against Argentina in the final match of the 2013 Rugby Championship. Foley come off the bench in the 65th minute replacing Quade Cooper. He played less than fifteen minutes before scoring his first international try in a seven-try victory in Rosario, Argentina under head coach Ewen McKenzie.[40]

Foley's first start as a fly-half for Australia was on 7 June 2014 against France during the France tour of Australia at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.[41][42] Foley started all three games at fly-half and scored a total of thirty-two points (ten conversions, four penalty goals).[43][44]

2015 Rugby World CupEdit

The 2015 Rugby World Cup was a very successful showing for Foley. He showed his creativity as well as his awareness and vision on the field. His link up play as a number ten with the other players around him showed just how important he was to the Wallabies and his ability to stay calm during the big moments throughout 2015.[citation needed]

This was Foley's first Rugby World Cup campaign with Australia. Foley made his debut in the Rugby World Cup against Fiji on 23 September in Cardiff. He kicked two of the three tries scored and three penalty goals. Australia beat Fiji 28–13.[45][46] Foley's second game in hist first Rugby World Cup campaign came against England and was one of his best performances on the international stage. Foley scored twenty-eight points alone (two tries, three conversions, and four penalty goals) compared with England's thirteen. Australia ran out 13–33 winners at Twickenham, knocking England out of the World Cup and sending themselves and Wales through to the quarterfinals.[47][48] On 10 October, He was once again instrumental in Australia's progression, scoring all 15 points against Wales, in a 15–6 victory and progrssed through to the quarterfinals having won Pool A.[49][50] Foley's role against Scotland in the quarterfinals was critical, however, Foley's conversion rate was far from critical, having missed three of five conversions. Foley managed to kick over an eighty-minute penalty goal to win the game for Australia in the wet conditions and send them through to the semifinals.[51][52]

Towards the latter end of the tournament, specifically in the knockout stage, Foley's influence on the team was less and less meaningful. Foley's most influential and impactful duty is scoring, and Foley was scoring less than earlier in the tournament. On 25 October, against Argentina, Foley scored the second-lowest number of points he had scored all tournament with nine. However, Australia kept Argentina try-less throughout the game and won 15–29 to reach the final.[53][54]

In the Final of the Rugby World Cup, Foley scored seven points, the lowest total of points in one game for the fly-half during the 2015 campaign. Despite only kicking two conversions and one penalty goal against the number one ranked team in the world, Foley finished equal third top point scorer with man of the match, Dan Carter. Foley finished the tournament with 82 points. Australia were defeated in the final 34–17.[55][56]

International statisticsEdit

2013
# Team Date Score Result Location & Venue Status Try Con Pen DG Pts Competition
1   Argentina 5 October 17–54 Win Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario, Argentina   65' 1 2 0 0 9 Rugby Championship
2   New Zealand 19 October 41–33 Loss Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand   67' 0 0 0 0 0 Autumn Internationals
3   England 2 November 20–13 Loss Twickenham, London, England   49'   54' 0 0 0 0 0 Autumn Internationals
4   Wales 30 November 26–30 Win Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales   74' 0 0 0 0 0 Autumn Internationals
2014
5   France 7 June 50–23 Win Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia Full-time 0 6 1 0 15 France tour of Australia
6 14 June 6–0 Win Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia   60' 0 0 1 0 3
7 21 June 39–13 Win Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia Full-time 0 4 2 0 14
8   New Zealand 16 August 12–12 Draw ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia   70' 0 0 0 0 0 Rugby Championship
9   New Zealand 23 August 51–20 Loss Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand   55' 0 0 0 0 0 Rugby Championship
10   South Africa 6 September 24–23 Win Patersons Stadium, Perth, Australia Full-time 0 1 4 0 14 Rugby Championship
11   Argentina 13 September 32–25 Win Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia Full-time 0 1 5 0 17 Rugby Championship
12   South Africa 27 September 28–10 Loss Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa Full-time 0 1 1 0 5 Rugby Championship
13   Argentina 4 October 21–17 Loss Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina Full-time 0 2 1 0 7 Rugby Championship
14   New Zealand 18 October 28–29 Loss Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia Full-time 1 2 2 0 15 Autumn Internationals
15   Wales 8 November 28–33 Win Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales Full-time 0 3 3 1 18 Autumn Internationals
16   France 15 November 29–26 Loss Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France Full-time 0 2 4 0 16 Autumn Internationals
17   Ireland 22 November 26–23 Loss Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland   64' 1 1 2 0 13 Autumn Internationals
18   England 29 November 26–17 Loss Twickenham, London, England   45' 1 1 1 0 10 Autumn Internationals
2015
19   Argentina 25 July 9–34 Win Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina Full-time 0 1 4 0 14 Rugby Championship
20   New Zealand 8 August 27–19 Win ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia   50' 0 0 0 0 0
21   United States 5 September 10–47 Win Soldier Field, Chicago, United States Full-time 1 6 0 0 17 Rugby World Cup warm-up
22   Fiji 23 September 28–13 Win Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales   78' 0 2 3 0 13 Rugby World Cup
23   England 3 October 13–33 Win Twickenham, London, England Full-time 2 3 4 0 28
24   Wales 10 October 15–6 Win Full-time 0 0 5 0 15
25   Scotland 18 October 35–34 Win Full-time 0 2 2 0 10 Rugby World Cup Quarter-finals
26   Argentina 25 October 15–29 Win Full-time 0 3 1 0 9 Rugby World Cup Semi-finals
27   New Zealand 31 October 34–17 Loss Twickenham, London, England Full-time 0 2 1 0 7 Rugby World Cup Final
2016
28   England 11 June 28–39 Loss Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia Full-time 0 1 2 0 8 England tour of Australia
29 18 June 7–23 Loss AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia Full-time 0 1 0 0 2
30 25 June 40–44 Loss Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia Full-time 1 3 3 0 20
31   New Zealand 20 August 8–42 Loss ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia Full-time 0 0 1 0 3 Rugby Championship
32   New Zealand 27 August 29–9 Loss Wellington Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand Full-time 0 0 2 0 6 Rugby Championship
33   South Africa 10 September 23–17 Win Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia Full-time 1 2 3 0 18 Rugby Championship
34   Argentina 17 September 36–20 Win nib Stadium, Perth, Australia Full-time 0 4 0 0 8 Rugby Championship
35   South Africa 1 October 18–10 Loss Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa Full-time 0 1 1 0 5 Rugby Championship
36   Argentina 8 October 21–33 Win Twickenham, London, England Full-time 0 2 3 0 13 Rugby Championship
37   New Zealand 22 October 37–10 Loss Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand Full-time 0 1 1 0 5 Autumn Internationals
38   Wales 5 November 8–32 Win Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales   76' 1 2 1 0 12 Autumn Internationals
39   Scotland 12 November 22–23 Win Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland Full-time 0 2 3 0 13 Autumn Internationals
40   France 19 November 23–25 Win Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France Full-time 1 2 2 0 15 Autumn Internationals
41   Ireland 26 November 27–24 Loss Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland Full-time,   79' to 80' 0 3 1 0 9 Autumn Internationals
42   England 3 December 37–21 Loss Twickenham, London, England Full-time 0 1 3 0 11 Autumn Internationals
2017
43   Fiji 10 June 37–14 Win AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia   68' 0 3 2 0 12 June Internationals
44   Scotland 17 June 19–24 Loss Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia Full-time,   23' to 33' 0 3 2 0 12 June Internationals
45   Italy 24 June 40–27 Win Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia Full-time 1 5 0 0 15 June Internationals
46   New Zealand 19 August 34–54 Loss ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia Full-time 0 4 2 0 14 Rugby Championship
47   New Zealand 26 August 35–29 Loss Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand Full-time 1 2 0 0 9 Rugby Championship
48   South Africa 9 September 23–23 Draw nib Stadium, Perth, Australia Full-time 0 2 3 0 13 Rugby Championship
49   Argentina 16 September 45–20 Win GIO Stadium, Canberra, Australia Full-time 0 6 1 0 15 Rugby Championship
50   South Africa 30 September 27–27 Draw Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa Full-time 0 3 2 0 12 Rugby Championship
51   Argentina 7 October 20–37 Win Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina Full-time 1 3 2 0 17 Rugby Championship
52   New Zealand 21 October 23–18 Win Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia Full-time 0 1 0 0 2 Bledisloe Cup
53   Wales 11 November 21–29 Win Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales Full-time 0 3 0 0 6 Autumn Internationals
54   England 18 November 30–6 Loss Twickenham, London, England Full-time 0 0 1 0 3 Autumn Internationals
55   Scotland 25 November 53–24 Loss Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland Full-time 0 2 0 0 4 Autumn Internationals
2018
56   Ireland 9 June 18–9 Win Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia Full-time 1 1 2 0 13 Ireland tour of Australia
57   Ireland 16 June 21–26 Loss AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia Full-time 0 2 0 0 4 Ireland tour of Australia
58 23 June 16–20 Loss Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia Full-time 0 1 3 0 11 Ireland tour of Australia
59   New Zealand 18 August 13–38 Loss ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia Full-time 0 1 1 0 5 Rugby Championship
60 25 August 40–12 Loss Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand   71' 0 1 0 0 2 Rugby Championship
61   South Africa 8 September 23–18 Win Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia   60' 0 0 0 0 0 Rugby Championship
62   Argentina 15 September 19–23 Loss Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia   49' 0 0 0 0 0 Rugby Championship
63   South Africa 29 September 23–12 Loss Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa   58' 0 0 0 0 0 Rugby Championship
64   Argentina 6 October 34–45 Win Estadio Ernesto Martearena, Salta, Argentina Full-time 0 6 1 0 15 Rugby Championship
65   New Zealand 27 October 37–20 Loss Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, Japan Full-time 0 2 1 0 7 Autumn Internationals
66   Wales 10 November 9–6 Loss Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales   64' 0 0 1 0 3 Autumn Internationals
67   Italy 17 November 7–26 Win Stadio Euganeo, Padua, Italy Full-time 0 0 0 0 0 Autumn Internationals
68   England 24 November 37–18 Loss Twickenham, London, England Full-time 0 0 0 0 0 Autumn Internationals
15 120 98 1 612

Statistics by teamEdit

Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG Pts %
  Argentina 11 9 0 2 2 30 18 0 124 81.81%
  England 9 1 0 8 4 10 14 0 82 11.11%
  Fiji 2 2 0 0 0 5 5 0 25 100.00%
  France 5 4 0 1 1 14 10 0 63 80.00%
  Ireland 5 1 0 4 2 8 8 0 50 20.00%
  Italy 2 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 15 100.00%
  New Zealand 15 2 1 12 2 16 11 0 75 16.66%
  Scotland 4 2 0 2 0 9 7 0 39 50.00%
  South Africa 8 3 2 3 1 12 14 0 71 37.50%
  United States 1 1 0 0 1 6 0 0 17 100.00%
  Wales 6 5 0 1 1 8 10 1 54 83.33%
Total 68 32 3 33 15 120 98 1 612 49.26%

Super Rugby statisticsEdit

As of 9 March 2019[57]
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2011 Waratahs 1 0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 13 12 1 932 3 0 2 0 21 1 0
2013 16 16 0 1,248 5 4 2 0 39 0 0
2014 18 18 0 1,427 6 45 44 0 252 0 0
2015 17 17 0 1,360 5 33 32 0 187 0 0
2016 12 12 0 928 1 35 15 0 120 0 0
2017 10 10 0 800 3 31 12 0 113 1 0
2018 18 18 0 1,426 3 68 24 0 223 0 0
2019 3 3 0 240 0 5 7 0 31 0 0
Total 108 106 2 8,369 26 221 138 0 986 2 0

HonoursEdit

Australia


New South Wales

Personal lifeEdit

Foley was born in Sydney, New South Wales in 1989 to Michael Foley, a lawyer.[58] Foley's father's side of the family is Irish,[58] originating from Cork, Ireland. Foley's brother, Conor, plays as a running back for the Australia national American football team.[59]

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Preceded by
Michael Hooper
New South Wales Waratahs captain
2018–present
Incumbent