Folau to stay in rugby union

Israel Folau has committed his long-term future to Australian rugby after signing a three-year flexible contract through until the end of 2018.

The Wallabies and Waratahs fullback has been a key figure on and off the field since joining rugby union from Aussie rules in 2013, and has since played in all 29 Tests for the Wallabies over the past two seasons, scoring 17 tries.

The former rugby league star's meteoric rise in union was recognised when the 26-year-old claimed the John Eales Medal and Super Rugby Player of the Year Award in 2014, capping off a remarkable year where he also played a significant role in the Waratahs capturing their maiden Vodacom Super Rugby title.

'I’ve already had so many great moments and experiences in rugby over the past few years, but I feel like I am still just scratching the surface of what I am capable of, which is something that really excites me,' Folau said.

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