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Israel Folau says he is staying put but misses Origin

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Striving for balance: Israel Folau says the Wallabies need to kick less in the third Test.

Striving for balance: Israel Folau says the Wallabies need to kick less in the third Test. Photo: Getty Images

Israel Folau has shot down rumours he may walk out on the Wallabies before next year's World Cup but admitted he is missing the buzz of State of Origin. 

On Sunday, the Wallabies flew headlong into Origin mania when they ran into the Blues team at Sydney Airport after arriving from Melbourne ahead of their dead rubber against France. 

Folau, who played five Origin games for Queensland between 2008 and 2010, caught up with Blues winger Will Hopoate at the baggage carousels and must have been feeling nostalgic as a result. 

Iconic moment: Folau flies high to take a bomb in the 2008 series.

Iconic moment: Folau flies high to take a bomb in the 2008 series. Photo: Tim Clayton

The dual international said on Monday he was happy with the Wallabies but felt a pang of envy amid the Origin fever. 

"I miss it a little bit to be honest but in saying that I'm pretty grateful that I've been there before and I'm enjoying being where I am right now in my career," he said, joking that he was struggling to find a ticket to the ANZ Stadium clash. 

"If I can get some tickets I'll try to go to the game - I think the boys forgot about me - but hopefully it will be a good game. Otherwise I'll be here watching it at the hotel with the [Wallabies] boys."

Happy days: Folau in action for Queensland in the 2010 Origin series.

Happy days: Folau in action for Queensland in the 2010 Origin series. Photo: Getty Images

The remarks will do nothing to douse speculation Folau is contemplating a return to league or a move offshore at the end of 2015, when his current deal expires with the Australian Rugby Union. 

He has been linked to the Roosters in league and is reportedly fending off interest from French Top 14 side Toulon. 

But the 17-Test Wallabies fullback confirmed he would not walk out on Australian rugby halfway through his contract. 

"There's a lot of options that are going to be presented and when that time comes I'll have a look at everything and see what I do from there," Folau said. 

"I'm signed to the [Waratahs] til next year so that's all I'm thinking about."

Folau was held tryless by France in Melbourne at the weekend and said he was hoping the Wallabies could "have a bit of a crack" at Allianz Stadium on Saturday. 

"There was a fair bit of kicking there and we did the same, so we have to find a good balance between the both and this week we'd like to have a bit of a crack and try to score some points," he said.

32 comments so far

  • Oh just bloody well go, would you?! Or possibly all this conjecture is purely artificial and being created by the press. Just let it rest would you? Yes, he's a great rugby player, an excellent role model for the kids - but this whole ongoing conflict over 'will he, won't he' go back to League is really tiresome.
    It may well just come down to the bucks he can make if he chooses to go back to the old 1-2-3-4-5-tackles-kick monotony of league, or whether he sticks with rugby. Sure, the league dullards can make more cash than their domestic rugby counterparts - but at least union is a truly international game!
    Anyway - I'm biased - I can't stand league - the game itself is just so boring and the culture is toxic and damaging. I hope Folau stays in union, I really do, but i'm sick of hearing about this. Just tell us if he signs with a league team - but enough with the never-ending conjecture!!!

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    GleFre
    Date and time
    June 16, 2014, 2:43PM
    • Dullards? Union's dwindling constituency would be a concern were I Wallabies fan. But they don't represent me, a poor boy from the suburbs who didn't go to a GPS school, so I'll just stick with the more highly evolved code of rugby...

      Commenter
      Bluebag
      Location
      Marrickville
      Date and time
      June 16, 2014, 4:48PM
    • You league haters/rival codes haters seriously need to grow up. What are you 11 years old ? The article even mentions that the wallabies will be watching the state of origin. This means that the players you love and adore are league fans also. Your whole stupid perception of competing codes is just dumb and you look dumb trying to say stupid things. Wallabies would be nothing without Izzy and you know it !!! Even league lovers watch Union. I love NRL like crazy like a lot of people but just couldn't be bothered to comment on your stupid comments as much as I would love to. I bet you think you tough also. I bet you have a tattoo..haha.. Grow up idiots. Just enjoy your life and quit the hating cause its a waste of time and energy because people love what they love and you cannot change that.

      League for ever until I die....with a little union on the side... even the odd world cup game.

      Commenter
      pete
      Location
      syd
      Date and time
      June 16, 2014, 6:25PM
    • If league is 1-2-3 etc like you say then rugby must 'pick and go's from the ruck hoping for a kick able penalty, and a kick'

      Commenter
      Zezus
      Location
      Prolapse village
      Date and time
      June 16, 2014, 6:54PM
    • pete from Sydney , well said, I think Warren Ryan summed it up well , you cannot appease those who are determined to be offended or in this case determined to have a whinge

      Commenter
      It's all good
      Date and time
      June 16, 2014, 8:30PM
    • GleFre - you're kidding right? I grew up playing rugby, follow both codes, but your comment seems hard to justify. I just finished watching a (rare for me) Monday night NRL game Titans vs Storm. In this 'boring' game, there were at least 20 highlights including 1 spectacular try by the Titans at the death to bring score to 24-20 with 3 mins left - 8 tries scored all up. As a follower of both codes, I watched Saturday night's rugby 'test'. To find even a single highlight on Saturday night is a stretch. If that is a rugby showcase, then sadly, I was far, far more entertained by this club NRL game compared to that rugby international! Sorry but that's my honest, objective opinion.

      Commenter
      Kman
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 16, 2014, 8:57PM
  • He wouldn't be playing Origin

    Commenter
    Vitas
    Date and time
    June 16, 2014, 2:55PM
    • Thankfully now that Izzy is in Union he's actually playing for his real state of origin.

      Commenter
      Dan
      Date and time
      June 16, 2014, 3:14PM
      • Yes, he only moved from Sydney to Brisbane when he was 14 or 15. He lived there two years and then went to Melbourne. Because he played league in Brisbane at age 16 he ended up playing for Qld, as Origin eligibility back then was where you played your first game at age 16.

        Commenter
        craig
        Date and time
        June 16, 2014, 4:33PM
    • Stay with Rugby. You're not a true Queenslander, anyway.

      Commenter
      Jace
      Date and time
      June 16, 2014, 3:34PM

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