Wallabies fly-half Foley eyes Grand Slam


Bernard Foley believes Australia can silence their critics and end a difficult year by winning all five Tests in the upcoming tour of the Northern Hemisphere.

New Zealand consigned the Wallabies to a 37-10 defeat at Eden Park on Saturday to seal a 3-0 Bledisloe Cup series victory.

Australia lost their Rugby Championship title to the All Blacks after also slumping to a series whitewash against England in June.

Michael Cheika's side must now regroup for Tests against Wales, Scotland, France, Ireland and England on a tour which fly-half Foley sees as an opportunity for Australia to show what they are made of.

Asked if the Wallabies can claim a first Grand Slam since 1984, playmaker Foley said: "I think it's definitely possible,

"For us, this year's been challenging, we can't sugar coat it or say anything else.

"It's been a real challenge and something we've been fighting through so I think the tour is something that is going to be really exciting.

"[There's] a lot of guys doing their first spring tour, the fact that it's a Grand Slam is massive.

"There's no easy Test matches but the best thing is the resilience of this squad, we've worked our way through a lot this year, in terms of defeats and challenges.

"There's a lot of maybe outside talk but for us it'll be really good to get together, to be on tour for five weeks and just really [take everything that's happened with] a grain of salt and I think that's what we're looking forward to with this Grand Slam."