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Money daze in Folau saga

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Israel Folau in his first training session with the Waratahs.

Israel Folau in his first training session with the Waratahs. Photo: Anthony Johnson

WHEN footballers say ''it is not about the money'', it invariably is. What has not been disclosed in Israel Folau's one-year deal with the Waratahs, is a secret top-up of $400,000 from the Australian Rugby Union.

Folau's manager, Isaac Moses, is happy for the public to believe Folau is being paid only $250,000 by the Waratahs, in an attempt to avoid any perception his client is a money-hungry, code-hopping mercenary.

Despite Moses' denials that Folau is receiving any top-up, it is understood he will receive $400,000 from the ARU in addition to the Waratahs' $250,000, meaning he will receive $650,000 for his one-year in rugby union.

ARU acting CEO Matt Carroll refused to comment on Folau's top-up, saying: ''We never have and never will divulge what we pay.''

Waratahs chief executive Jason Allen said: ''The ARU have definitely assisted us but don't declare the amount with us. It's their choice to talk about salaries.''

The ARU $400,000 top-up is at the high end of the scale, consistent with the monies paid rugby league defectors Wendell Sailor, Lote Tuquiri and Mat Rogers, who switched in the peak of their careers.

Folau has wasted two years in AFL land, losing confidence and tackling/passing skills, as well as about 10 kilograms of muscle mass, although Allen points out that the ARU is also looking at him as a Sevens player.

The ARU payment to Folau is guaranteed to cause rumblings among Australia's Super 15 teams, with players warned the code is tightening its money belt and imposing a strict salary cap.

If the Wallabies are furious at Folau receiving $650,000, they will be feral at the knowledge Queensland Reds player Quade Cooper will earn a minimum $750,000 next year.

Friday's press conference announcing an extension of Cooper's contract did not mention an ARU top-up of $350,000 to his $400,000 deal with the Queensland Reds. The top-up is exclusive of match payments.

That's the reward you get for referring to the Wallabies under coach Robbie Deans as having a ''toxic'' culture.

Cooper's manager, Khoder Nasser, and Moses - both not currently accredited with either the ARU or NRL - have been able to sell the idea their clients were coveted by NRL clubs.

St George Illawarra did not make an offer for Folau, yet the media has reported he rejected the Dragons because he did not want to travel far from his west Sydney home.

Kellyville to Kogarah compared to Kellyville to Waratahs headquarters at Moore Park? Isn't there a back road to WIN Stadium, Wollongong?

Yet the public is expected to believe Folau wanted to stay close to his mum and dad, despite being offered a mint by the Dragons when, in fact, no offer was made.

Sure, Folau's initial dealings with Parramatta were choked in NRL red tape, with the NRL's salary cap auditor Ian Schubert pricing him at $400,000 for salary cap purposes and refusing to backload the contract.

Eventually, Schubert made a more realistic valuation of $250,000 and did approve higher payments in the final years of the deal.

Folau blamed this vacillation for his rejection of the Eels deal but the reality is he will receive more in 2013 from the Waratahs than Parramatta and he can join the Bulldogs in 2014, where the chief executive, Todd Greenberg, is best mates with Moses.

Yet the public has been told by Greater Western Sydney's lunar coach, Kevin Sheedy, that Folau went to rugby union because the NRL would have demanded its prize recruit bag the AFL.

The softly spoken, God-fearing Folau was unsuited to any crusade to convert anyone to AFL and incapable of broadcasting any mischief about it.

This is not to say he isn't calculating and considered when switching between locations and codes. His big career decisions go hand-in-hand with real estate manoeuvres.

The Storm was very upset when he left to play with the Broncos. Folau told Storm coach Craig Bellamy that his father, Eni Limoni Folau, dictated the move. Bellamy approached the father who said, ''It's Izzy's decision.''

A home in the Brisbane suburbs of Boronia Heights was bought on behalf of the Folau family before Israel joined the Broncos; it was sold to Israel's parents for $350,000 two weeks after Israel played his last game for the Storm, the 2008 grand final. When Israel announced he was signing with the AFL, ownership transferred again to Folau Investments whose directors are Israel and his father.

On October 31, 2010, Folau Investments bought a Kellyville property for $773,000 and Izzy and his family live there.

On November 18, 2010, Izzy began training with the Giants. If Folau is very measured in what he does, maybe the ARU directors are as well.

It's been pointed out that the Arbib Report on governance is yet to be approved by the ARU board. It requires the support of the biggest vote holders, New South Wales and Queensland.

Their respective Super 15 teams, the Waratahs and Reds, have just landed two marquee players, Folau and Cooper, raising the question: at what price comes governance?

Carroll scoffs at this linkage, saying, ''It is just a convergence of circumstances. The Quade Cooper contract took longer to be finalised than it should have. NSW and the Waratahs are separate entities. The Waratahs don't get a vote. It's just timing.''

Isn't it ever.

Super Rugby 2015

Round 1
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BRU 47 vs RED 3 Stats
Sat, 14 FebTimes shown AEDT
LIO 8 vs HUR 22 Report Stats
BLU 18 vs CHF 23 Report Stats
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SHA 29 vs CHT 35 Report Stats
BUL 17 vs STO 29 Report Stats
WAR 13 vs FOR 25 Stats
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CHF 19 vs BRU 17 Report Stats
REB 28 vs WAR 38 Report Stats
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BUL 13 vs HUR 17 Report Stats
HIG 20 vs CRU 26 Report Stats
RED 18 vs FOR 6 Report Stats
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STO 27 vs BLU 16 Report Stats
SHA 29 vs LIO 12 Report Stats
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Fri, 27 FebTimes shown AEDT
HIG 20 vs RED 13 Report Stats
FOR 13 vs HUR 42 Stats
Sat, 28 FebTimes shown AEDT
CHT 25 vs BLU 24 Report Stats
CHF 40 vs CRU 16 Stats
REB 15 vs BRU 20 Report Stats
Sun, 01 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL 43 vs SHA 35 Report Stats
LIO 19 vs STO 22 Report Stats
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Fri, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHF 17 vs HIG 20 Report Stats
BRU 27 vs FOR 15 Report Stats
Sat, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
BLU 10 vs LIO 13 Report Stats
RED 5 vs WAR 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHT 20 vs BUL 39 Report Stats
STO 29 vs SHA 13 Report Stats
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Fri, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
HUR 30 vs BLU 23 Report Stats
FOR 17 vs REB 21 Report Stats
Sat, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
CRU 34 vs LIO 6 Report Stats
HIG 26 vs WAR 19 Report Stats
RED vs BRU 29 Stats
Sun, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
STO 19 vs CHF 28 Report Stats
CHT 10 vs SHA 27 Report Stats
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Fri, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
HIG 13 vs HUR 20 Report Stats
REB 16 vs LIO 20 Report Stats
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CRU 57 vs CHT 14 Report Stats
Sun, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL 25 vs FOR 24 Report Stats
SHA 12 vs CHF 11 Report Stats
WAR 28 vs BRU 13 Report Stats
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Fri, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
HUR 36 vs REB 12 Report Stats
RED 17 vs LIO 18 Report Stats
Sat, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHF 37 vs CHT 27 Report Stats
HIG 39 vs STO 21 Report Stats
WAR 23 vs BLU 11 Report Stats
Sun, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
SHA 15 vs FOR 9 Report Stats
BUL 31 vs CRU 19 Report Stats
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Fri, 03 AprTimes shown AEDT
HUR 25 vs STO 20 Report Stats
REB 23 vs RED 15 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
CHF 23 vs BLU 16 Report Stats
BRU 20 vs CHT 3 Report Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEDT
SHA 10 vs CRU 52 Report Stats
LIO 22 vs BUL 18 Report Stats
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Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
BLU 16 vs BRU 14 Report Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
CRU 20 vs HIG 25 Report Stats
WAR 18 vs STO 32 Report Stats
FOR 15 vs CHT 24 Report Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
LIO 23 vs SHA 21 Report Stats
BUL 43 vs RED 22 Report Stats
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Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
CRU 9 vs CHF 26 Report Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
HUR 24 vs WAR 29 Report Stats
HIG 30 vs BLU 24 Report Stats
BRU 8 vs REB 13 Report Stats
FOR 6 vs STO 13 Report Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
SHA 10 vs BUL 17 Report Stats
CHT 17 vs RED 18 Report Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
CHF 35 vs FOR 27 Report Stats
BRU 31 vs HIG 18 Report Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
CRU 29 vs BLU 15 Report Stats
WAR 18 vs REB 16 Report Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
LIO 34 vs CHT 29 Report Stats
STO 15 vs BUL 13 Report Stats
RED 19 vs HUR 35 Report Stats
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Round 12
Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
HIG 48 vs SHA 15 Report Stats
BRU 10 vs WAR 13 Report Stats
Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU 41 vs FOR 24 Report Stats
HUR 29 vs CRU 23 Report Stats
REB 16 vs CHF 15 Report Stats
Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
CHT 25 vs STO 17 Report Stats
BUL 35 vs LIO 33 Report Stats
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Round 13
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU 58 vs RED 17 Report Stats
REB 42 vs BLU 22 Report Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
HUR 32 vs SHA 24 Report Stats
FOR 18 vs WAR 11 Report Stats
LIO 28 vs HIG 23 Report Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
STO 25 vs BRU 24 Report Stats
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Round 14
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU 23 vs BUL 18 Report Stats
RED 46 vs REB 29 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
HUR 22 vs CHF 18 Report Stats
WAR 33 vs SHA 18 Report Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
LIO 20 vs BRU 30 Stats
CHT 24 vs HIG 45 Stats
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Round 15
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
CHF 34 vs BUL 20 Stats
RED 14 vs SHA 21 Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU vs HUR 17:35EP
WAR vs CRU 19:40ANZ
FOR vs HIG 21:45nib Stadium
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
CHT vs LIO 01:05FSS
STO vs REB 03:10DHL Newlands
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Round 16
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU vs HUR 17:35Trafalgar Park
BRU vs BUL 19:40GIO Stadium
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
SHA vs REB 03:10Growthpoint Kings Park
HIG vs CHF 17:35Rugby Park
FOR vs RED 19:40nib Stadium
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
STO vs CHT 01:05DHL Newlands
LIO vs WAR 03:10Emirates Airlines Park
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Round 17
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
HUR vs HIG 17:35McLean Park
FOR vs BRU 21:00nib Stadium
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
REB vs BUL 15:30AAMI
BLU vs CRU 17:35EP
RED vs CHF 19:40SS
CHT vs WAR 23:00FSS
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
STO vs LIO 01:05DHL Newlands
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Round 18
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
BLU vs HIG 17:35EP
REB vs FOR 19:40AAMI
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
BRU vs CRU 15:30GIO Stadium
CHF vs HUR 17:35Yarrow Stadium
WAR vs RED 19:40AS
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
BUL vs CHT 01:05Loftus Versfeld
SHA vs STO 03:10Growthpoint Kings Park
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Round 19
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
7 vs 7 09:00
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
7 vs 7 09:00
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Round 20
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
7 vs 7 09:00
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
7 vs 7 09:00
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Round 21
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
7 vs 7 09:00
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Super Rugby 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Hurricanes 12 11 1 0 119 52
Brumbies 13 7 6 0 102 38
Bulls 13 7 6 0 29 35
Chiefs 13 9 4 0 87 44
Waratahs 12 8 4 0 40 36
Stormers 12 8 4 0 26 34
Highlanders 12 8 4 0 69 39
Lions 13 7 6 0 -50 31
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