Kerevi wants Kuridrani combo in reimagined Wallabies attack

Bernard Foley is confident the Wallabies' backline will be back to its best when the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan while the in-from Samu Kerevi has set his sights on forming a midfield partnership with Tevita Kuridrani.

Both Foley and Kerevi were on hand as the Wallabies' unveiled their World Cup jersey in Sydney on Wednesday, the "hi-tech" gold strip seemingly resonating well with both players and onlookers alike.

There is far more doubt around the Wallabies' World Cup hopes however and just how they can recover from a 2018 Test season during which they won just four of 13 matches. A key contributor to that horror run was a confused attacking framework, one that is now without its key strike weapon: Israel Folau.

Foley, who suddenly has three rivals for the No. 10 jersey, isn't however concerned by last year's failings or the fact the Wallabies remain without an attack coach, the 67-Test veteran saying the Rugby Championship would provide ample time to nail Australia's World Cup game plan.

"I've had great conversations with [Wallabies coach Michael Cheika]; as a group we spoke about it together when we were in Wallaby camp last week and how it's going to look," Foley told ESPN. "It's going to be something that we're going to evolve because when all the players get together they're going to add their own flavour, their style of play to it; so it's going to be exciting.

"What I've learned is the preparations, the next three months is where we make our biggest gains and that's going to be the same with the attack."

Cheika is yet to announce a replacement for the departed Stephen Larkham, who cited "differences in attacking strategy and overall game philosophy" as the reason why he and the Wallabies parted ways.

Rumours suggest former Wallabies utility and Cheika favourite Matt Giteau could fill the role, while other reports suggest that the reason no announcement has been made is because the potential replacement is finishing up his season in Europe.

Whomever the new attacking coach turns out to be they will have a clear backline focal point in Samu Kerevi. The Reds skipper has been in sparkling form this season, topping the Super Rugby charts for run metres and tackle busts, while being inside the top five for both line breaks and offloads.

"It's been alright, yeah, everyone keeps talking about it," Kerevi said in attempting to play down his form. "It was just trying to serve the team well for Queensland and being named captain this year was a massive honour for me.

"But I wanted to simplify it and I thought if I just get my performance right, [get] my backyard right, that will hopefully add to my leadership role and just trying to do well for the team. I've been really, really happy the last couple of months and I'm just excited for what God's plan is for me."

Defence remains the key work-on for Kerevi. Fortunately, the man he wants to form a midfield partnership in Japan is among the best in the business.

"Defence is something that I'm always trying to get better each and every week," he told ESPN. "I always look at the guys like Tevita Kuridrani, who is one of the best defensive leaders in the Wallabies, and wanting to defend like him.

"He does it really well at outside centre; obviously they are a bit different from inside and outside, so I'm just trying to play really well to have that combination at the Wallabies... I've always wanted to play with a childhood friend and family, which is Tevita, but whatever combination we do have I know it will go well."

If Kerevi can replicate his line-busting form from Super Rugby in Japan, and the team rediscovers its mojo on the whole, then Australia's campaign may not be the lost cause many currently make it out to be.

Scratching their way through games will be mean an early exit however, and Foley knows it.

"Test-match rugby and these tournament-style games are really built off defence and you've got to also have the ability and the firepower to score tries, you can't just rely on kicking," Foley said. "That might win one or two games but it won't win the World Cup.

"So for us, it's going to be coming with the complete game plan and knowing our game inside and out; [do that] that and we can go up there and get the job done."