The vis­it­ing Wal­la­bies rugby team have been soak­ing up the city’s golf cour­ses and fa­mous beaches while stay­ing away from any mis­chief

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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)

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