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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 Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
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IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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