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Folau sticks with union


  • 29 Aug 2013
Wallabies wing Israel Folau Wallabies wing Israel Folau

Israel Folau has rejected a return to rugby league by signing a two-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union.

The ARU revealed that Folau had committed to the code after a stellar first season with the Waratahs that led to his outstanding Test debut for the Wallabies against the British & Irish Lions.

Folau, a former rugby league international, has been a smash hit in union since switching codes from Aussie rules and scored two tries in a memorable debut for the Wallabies in the first Test against the Lions.

'I've really enjoyed my first year for the Waratahs and being with the Wallabies,' Folau said. 'Next year is going to be an exciting year for the Wallabies and Waratahs and I've still got more to offer. That's the reason I decided to stay.

'The World Cup [in 2015] is definitely a drawcard. To be a part of that would be an awesome experience, but that's still a long time away and we've got a lot to achieve in the meantime.'

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie said Folau had made the transition to rugby union with surprising ease and he would continue to develop with more time in the game.

'There's unlimited potential, he's got a lot of really good attributes,' explained McKenzie. 'He's enigmatic, he just does things a bit differently and it allows us to use him in different ways.'

Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

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