A day after watching five of his players earn Wallabies selection, Western Force coach Michael Foley feels there are another four waiting in the wings ready to grab their chance.
Force skipper Matt Hodgson, Ben McCalman, Nick Cummins, Nathan Charles and Pek Cowan all earned selection in the Wallabies’ 32-man squad for next month’s three-Test series against France.
Foley was pleased as punch to see a healthy Force representation in the Wallabies’ squad.
And he believes flanker Angus Cottrell, in-form centre Kyle Godwin and locks Sam Wykes and Adam Coleman will also don Wallaby gold in the not-too-distant future.
Godwin would have been selected in the 32-strong squad if not for a recent knee injury.
“There’s a big opportunity for those guys over the next 12 months with the World Cup ahead,” Foley said.
“That will be the next project – to try to go from five (Wallabies) to eight.”
Another figure at the forefront of Foley’s mind is 10 – the number of wins he thinks will be required to secure a Super Rugby finals berth.
With five games remaining, the Force sit on seven wins, and they should notch victory No.8 when they host the lowly Lions at nib Stadium on Saturday night.
The Force’s finals hopes suffered a setback last week when they lost 24-8 to the Stormers in Cape Town.
In that game, the Force were made to defend grimly for prolonged periods, with the Perth-based franchise making 60 tackles inside the opening 22 minutes.
Poor execution cost the Force dearly at key times, but Foley is confident the performance was nothing more than a rare “blip” on the radar.
The Force can set two franchise records if they win on Saturday night – an eighth victory of the season and a fifth straight triumph at home.