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Free-running Folau will give me room to move, says flyer Kingston

''Athletically [Folau is] probably one of the best guys I've seen come through the door" ... Tom Kingston.

''Athletically [Folau is] probably one of the best guys I've seen come through the door" ... Tom Kingston. Photo: Tamara Dean

THERE are few in rugby with better inside knowledge of Israel Folau's potential than Tom Kingston.

The young Waratahs winger will start in the back line with Folau in the side's season opener against Queensland on Saturday, and says the NSW fullback is as exciting to play with as he is to watch.

''He drags in that many defenders that it doesn't matter who runs outside of him a lot of the time, guys like me and Drew [Mitchell] and Lachie [Turner] just have to pick our lines right and you can get some pay out there,'' Kingston says.

Of course it does matter who runs outside Folau, and Saturday's wing spots were among the most hotly contested in the starting XV.

Kingston beat the likes of Test-capped Turner and rookie Michael Hodge to get his start. Coach Michael Cheika went with the Sydney University player because, he said, he wanted a pure flyer who could ''pin his ears back every time he gets the ball''.

''It is the way it goes in rugby, and if you ask the same question to a guy like Lachie or Drew that's probably how they got their opportunities, so it is a cyclical thing,'' Kingston said of his elevation to the starting side.

''At the same time, that competition means it's not [being selected in] week one and starting for the rest of the season, it's that continual competition week in, week out. Cheik's shown he's going to pick the guy in the best form, so you've got to be carrying that form in week to week.''

Kingston's form was among the strongest in the squad during the Waratahs' three trial matches against the Rebels, Blues and Crusaders. Played in combination with Folau for some time in each match, the pair's partnership helped Kingston score three tries against the Blues and gave the Waratahs' attack genuine unpredictability.

Kingston said the time on field with Folau was invaluable.

''Athletically [Folau is] probably one of the best guys I've seen come through the door out of anyone I've trained with,'' he said of his teammate. ''The Crusaders was a great test, guys that have played 60 or 70 Super Rugby games still can't tackle him first-up, and that's an incredible trait to have. He just beats people one on one. Not even one on one, three on one he was beating people.''

Saturday night will be the toughest test yet of the Waratahs oft-mentioned new attacking style. Kingston, 21, who is starting his second full season with NSW, said the side had been ironing out the kinks that were visible in their final warm-up against the Crusaders last week.

''[It was] pushing a last pass, and that's in a lot of ways not a bad thing because it's the energy and the enthusiasm coming out,'' he said. ''If those passes go to hand we're 20 points up against the Crusaders, and everyone's cheering.''

There is no lack of confidence in Kingston but it is born of dedication and a studious application to his game, traits he said he modelled off Berrick Barnes and Tom Carter.

''In my first year [2011] I came in halfway through and it was all bright lights, but then you get a full season under your belt and you realise it's a long slog, and you have to be diligent about your preparation every week because otherwise you can let it slip so quickly in the season,'' he said.

''We did let it slip at points last year … but I don't know that at any point last year we were as comfortable with our own game plan than we are this week.''

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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