COAST LIFE IS A BEACH
The visiting Wallabies rugby team have been soaking up the city’s golf courses and famous beaches while staying away from any mischief
WALLABIES fly-half Bernard Foley says the team has done a good job avoiding the temptations of the Glitter Strip – but the boys have given the golf courses a hammering.
Snapped emerging from his daily dip in the Pacific Ocean at Surfers Paradise near the team accommodation on Thursday, a refreshed Foley tells ATG: “The Gold Coast has been great.
“The daily swim at the beach has been really good for the team, to recover from training or to start the day.
“I did some yoga and then enjoyed a body surf.
“Last week the water in Sydney was 15 degrees so it’s nice to be able to stay in while.”
Asked if the players had found it difficult to stay away from the nightlife offering despite staying in its midst, he laughed: “Nah, we stay pretty low key.
“The golf courses have been given a workout though.”
The team hit the course at RACV Royal Pines on Wednesday during an R&R day and Foley says “golf was the winner”.
“More of a social round because I didn’t win,” Foley notes.
“(Winger) Jack Maddocks had a long day, he racked up a cricket score. (Hooker) Tatafu Polota-Nau was the most consistent in finding the rough. The course didn’t suit a left-hander, as he found out.”
Ahead of tonight’s clash against Argentina at Robina’s Cbus Super Stadium, Foley says he’s looking forward to the team building on last week’s Springboks win.
He is in the reserves, again making way for fellow playmaker Kurtley Beale to start at 10 but if there are any hard feelings Foley isn’t sharing them: “If I can do my role off the bench and make an impact and contribute to a good win, then that’s all that matters.”
Maddocks had a long day, racked up a cricket score
Starting fly-half Kurtley Beale (left) and reserve Bernard Foley golfing at RACV Royal Pines; Foley (inset) cools off at Surfers. (Photo Chris Hyde/Getty Images)