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Foley is focused on Ford

Australia fly-half Bernard Foley admits he will be digging up as much footage as possible to find ways to unsettle England new-boy George Ford at Twickenham on Saturday.

Ford made his first international start against Samoa last weekend and was England's stand-out performer, leading the side to victory with craft, incision and intelligence.

The 21-year-old is expected to retain his place at number 10 against the Wallabies and Foley admits he will searching for weaknesses to exploit in his opposite number this weekend.

"I'll scrounge through the tapes this week to find some footage of him wherever I can - he hasn't played much for England so it'll be for Bath probably," Foley said.

"I don't know too much about him. I was thinking a couple of weeks ago that Owen Farrell would probably be starting and that still remains to be seen.

"I suppose (with Ford) there's that element of the unfamiliar and the unexpected."

For all Ford's artistry and creative talents, there remain question marks over his defensive solidity.

Foley admits that could be an area Australia look to exploit.

"The 10 being a 10, that channel is always heavily scrutinised," Foley said.

"Teams normally run a lot of traffic down there because he's normally the guy who touches the ball a lot in attack.

"You can try and fatigue him in making him make tackles so he's not as potent when he gets the ball in attack.

"We'll have a look at England - we haven't yet, it's just been reviews so far but we'll look at all the possibilities."

He added: "We do a team analysis through the players and management then personally I'll do a review on the opposition and their back-line.

"There's an individual component to it and that's part of you own individual preparation - learning about your opponent's triggers and their keys which can help you in the game."

Foley is a relative new-comer to international rugby himself having only made his debut for the Wallabies in October last year against Argentina.

The 25-year-old, who now has 17 caps to his name, has cemented his place in the side, starting every game since Michael Cheika took charge of the team in October.

"He's open, he's honest," Foley said of his head coach, whom he has also worked under at the Waratahs.

"He tells you how you have to perform and outlines to every individual their role in the side.

"You know when you rock up at the weekend what your role is and you deliver it.

"It's more of an identity element as well in how he gets his success - working out who we are and how we want to be portrayed when we play the game."

Australia will be determined to play the role of party-spoilers when they meet England at Twickenham in Pool A at the World Cup next year.

Foley insists Saturday's result will have little bearing on the match next October but the fly-half has warned England about the pressure of hosting a tournament.

"The English always read a lot into it when they beat us, they think it's a big thing," Foley said.

"But I think next year will be a completely different beast with players to come back, eight months of other players developing and teams getting used to how we want to play."

Foley added: "Playing at home can be a big advantage, we've seen New Zealand in 2011 where the home final was probably the thing that got them over the line in the final against the French.

"But being at home can also add a lot of expectation and pressure.

"There's an expectation they have to do well and that adds a little extra pressure which can be their downfall."


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