Waratahs fullback Israel Folau says he would be interested in a potential switch to sevens for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Folau started out in rugby league, then switched to Australian rules football before a successful transition to rugby union.
The 29-year-old signed a four-year-deal with Rugby Australia that will keep him with the Waratahs and Wallabies until 2022.
If Folau were to try and make it into Australia’s final squad for the Olympics, he would need time to adjust to the shortened format in next season’s World Rugby Sevens Series. That would put him at risk of missing the Wallabies’ Tests next year, as well as a good portion of the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby season.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Folau said if the opportunity to become an Olympian came around, it would be difficult to turn down.
‘If I could take that opportunity, I’m sure it’d be something to cherish and remember for the rest of your life,’ Folau said. ‘There’s no doubt the experience would be unreal. I’d definitely want to put my hand up to see if that opportunity [arose].’