Foley uses Albert Einstein wisdom to explain how Waratahs must be different in 2018

Albert Einstein once said: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."

And on Thursday, at NSW Waratahs training, five-eighth Bernard Foley echoed the words of the famous physicist when outlining how the club planned to rebuild after one of their most tumultuous years on record.

It has become clear things were not right at NSW last year. A team stacked with Wallabies representatives should have done far better than four wins from 15 matches.

There is change within the ranks at NSW. Head coach Daryl Gibson is still there but Nathan Grey and Cam Blades have left. Simon Cron, the former Norths head coach, is now an assistant alongside Chris Malone.

Wallabies strength and conditioning coach Brad Harrington is also a recognisable face at the Waratahs' new training base at the David Phillips Sports Complex in Daceyville.

Harrington barked at players not keeping up with the pack during a high intensity session in sweltering humidity and will need to keep the group accountable given how big an issue fitness was for all Super Rugby teams last year.

Foley, Kurtley Beale and Michael Hooper were the last three NSW players to return to training, doing so on Monday.

The rest of the squad has been training for a number of months and have every intention of ensuring 2018 does not crash and burn like last season, when NSW were embarrassed by the Southern Kings and Jaguares on home soil.

"Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result," Foley said. "There's definitely been a change in how we're approaching [this season]. We've got a couple of new staff ??? they reviewed everything in the past and we've made a change.

"There is a real purpose about the commitment and about our upcoming job. They're really pushing the boundaries, they're really testing their potential to make themselves in the best shape.

"As a senior guy coming back in, to see the young guys pushing themselves, it raises the whole level of the team.

"There's a lot of memories from years gone past but this team really wants to stand up and create their own memories and create their own legacy."

For once, the Waratahs can go about their business without having a target on their back. The Brumbies have made Super Rugby finals the past five seasons in a row, while the Melbourne Rebels' roster is dripping with experience and talent.

Many have tipped Dave Wessels' side to take out the Australian conference given how many exiled Western Force players have made their way to Melbourne but Foley is adamant pre-season predictions will have no bearing on what the Waratahs do.

"Hype is external noise," Foley said. "We're not going to let any outside factors try and upset us. We probably underperformed last year, so for all the teams to be training and pushing each other is going to be great for Australian rugby.

"You can't promise results. We don't want to go out there and say a lot about the new upcoming season but what we can promise is the work is being done."

Beale looked sharp at training as he gears up for his first Waratahs start since he suffered a serious knee injury in May last year against the Bulls.

"It's exciting to have him back here in sky blue," Foley said. "We got a taste of it last year with the Wallabies, having him back, but he's an incredible character and an incredible team man and adds so much to the Waratahs.

"He's been such a vital player. To have him smiling and out there on the field is just great."

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