Australia fly-half Bernard Foley would "definitely" consider joining the likes of Adam Ashley-Cooper in moving abroad after the Rugby World Cup.
Australia fly-half Bernard Foley would "definitely" consider joining the likes of Adam Ashley-Cooper, James Horwill and Sekope Kepu in moving abroad after the Rugby World Cup.
On Wednesday, Kepu and Nic White became the latest Australia internationals to announce they will leave their homeland to play abroad, following the World Cup in England, which ends on October 31.
Kepu, who plays as a prop for the NSW Waratahs, will join Bordeaux-Begles, while White - a scrum-half for the ACT Brumbies - will join Montpellier.
Due to Australian Rugby Union (ARU) rules, that will make them ineligible for their national team but Foley, 25, insisted that downside would not turn him off.
"Definitely," Foley told Sydney's The Daily Telegraph, when asked if he is open to offers from abroad. "That's the beauty of rugby being a world game, you can go over and experience new cultures and languages. It's a great thing.
"I never thought that rugby would be a career of mine or that I'd be able to play at this level I still sort of pinch myself.
"Being given the chance to start through the sevens and then at the Waratahs, you are never sure when that opportunity will come.
"Sometimes you're not prepared or not ready for it but you've got to apply yourself fully and try to make the most of it because you never know.
"You don't want to walk away thinking that you just missed out on a great opportunity."
Foley is convinced the upcoming departures will also help Australia.
"When a person leaves it just creates an opportunity for another player," he said.
"There's so much young talent coming through in Australian rugby at the moment that I'm sure those gaps will be filled."
While Foley could be the next international to try his luck in Europe, Australia have regained the services of the likes of James O'Connor and Nick Cummins for the upcoming season, with the duo returning home to the Queensland Reds and Western Force respectively.