Israel Folau Could Be Set To Turn His Back On Rugby Union


STAR Wallabies fullback Israel Folau admits he’s not sure whether he’ll be a rugby union player when the next World Cup rolls around in four years time.

The code-hopping star is off contract in 2018, and will certainly be a player of interest in his old home, the NRL, as well as to rugby union clubs around the world.

Folau made his name in rugby league, starring for Melbourne, Brisbane, Queensland and Australia – and he flirted with a comeback, and was on the verge of signing with Parramatta, before talks fell through and he aligned with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika at the Waratahs.

His current three-year deal, signed in July, is a flexible contract which allows him to play stints in Japanese rugby to maximise his earnings – though there are fears over how much of a physical strain it will put on the dynamic 26-year-old’s body.

Hopes are high that the Wallabies will be a major threat at the 2019 World Cup in Japan, considering their strong advances under Cheika and the young core of the squad.

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