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Israel Folau says he is staying put but misses Origin

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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. 

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."


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.