Wallabies full back Israel Folau is hoping to make an audacious switch into the Waratahs’ midfield as they look to retain their Super Rugby title.
Folau was reportedly keen on the move last season, however had his request denied as the Tahs looked to challenge for their first ever Super Rugby title which they duly won.
The Wallabies cross-code star is keen on a chance in the number 13 shirt as he believes it will give him more opportunities to contribute in both attack and defence.
Although the move failed to materialise last year, Folau has made it clear that he still harbours an ambition to make the move ahead of the World Cup.
“It’s something I see as a little bit similar in attack to what I played as a centre in league – running lines and getting in amongst it, the ball in hand, close to the action – that’s something that really excites me,” Folau said.
“But that’s only one element, the other area is defence, and at set piece. I’m willing to take up the challenge.
“We spoke about it last year, we haven’t spoken about it this year, but it’s something I keep in the back of my mind. I’m open to it and I’ve played wing before, so it would be good to have a whole different bag of skills where you could play in different positions for the team.”
Folau certainly looks to have the attributes to succeed in the outside centre role but where would he be best deployed for the Wallabies?