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Foley willing to play second fiddle at Tahs despite players' backing

Scrutinised … Michael Foley's side have lost five in a row.

Scrutinised … Michael Foley's side have lost five in a row. Photo: Dean Sewell

WARATAHS coach Michael Foley says he would consider returning to an assistant coaching role with NSW if that scenario were put to him by officials in coming weeks.

As senior players threw their support behind their head coach, Foley continued to deflect speculation about his future with the Waratahs following the squad's fifth straight loss at the weekend.

He said it would be ''inappropriate'' for him to appear to be focusing on anything but the Waratahs game against the Hurricanes on Saturday. However, he did say he would consider any proposal put to him about the club's coaching structure.

''I've got a great love of coaching and you always consider situations, whether it's with the Tahs or with somebody else that might make an offer to you, you consider the opportunity to work with the players and within the organisation,'' Foley said.

''At this point in time I think the players we have here I couldn't be happier to be working with, and any other suggestion down the track would be taken into consideration. For me, right now the Hurricanes game is the only thing that matters.''

Pressed further about whether he believed he was the person best equipped to lead the squad, Foley said: ''For me to make a comment like that would be inappropriate. I think what I've got to do is make sure we give a performance this weekend that's reflective of the effort that's been put in by the players.''

Captain Rocky Elsom and senior players Benn Robinson and Berrick Barnes each said Foley had the support of his players.

''In any kind of situation, when you're going through tough times, the first thing they want to do is to pass pressure onto other people, and it's usually the coach first and foremost,'' Barnes said.

''We as the players have got to get a win for him and we've got to get a win for ourselves, more importantly, and for the fans. I don't buy into any of this sort of crap that's continually said, it's the age-old thing, as soon as anything goes wrong, blame the coach.''

Elsom said leadership speculation went with the territory if a team was not playing at its best, while Robinson said it was natural to look within the squad for answers to the slump.

''We've got 100 per cent support behind Foles, but for us, all issues aside, only the team can decide our future going forward,'' he said.

Frustration and fatigue is telling within the squad. Further evidence of that was Barnes's on-field tantrum towards the end of the Cheetahs match, when he wasn't given the ball for an attempt at a drop goal.

''When you get this [far] in the season and you can't seem to get a win, I just wanted the ball there and just wasn't able to get it and that's life sometimes,'' Barnes said.

''There's no hard feelings or anything about what happened, it's just sometimes when you're in the moment in that situation you lose your cool a bit.''

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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