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Folau could become a union “legend”

Israel Folau

Israel Folau’s impressive performances impress Wallaby coach Robbie Deans.

Rugby league convert, Israel Folau, may have had quite a slow start following his transition into the code of rugby union, but the 24-year old has proven to have all the skills necessary to make an impact in Super Rugby.

Folau has been playing at fullback for the Waratahs, and cemented himself in the number 15 jersey following some impressive performances, most notably over the last weekend against the Southern Kings.

Folau was handed the man-of-the-match title in the 72-0 win over the PE side, and Wallaby coach Robbie Deans had some flattering things to say of Folau, saying that the big back could become “an absolute legend” if he chooses to stay in union.

“I’m really enjoying my rugby at the moment and I’d like to stay long term and give it a good crack so we’ll see how we go,” said Folau following Saturday’s win.

“Obviously I feel really good after that game, I thought our team performance was really good.”

“I’m just learning each week as we go and the boys and the coaching staff are just giving me those tips so I’m grateful we have a good coach and a good bunch of boys to help me out,” he added.

The Waratahs next game is against the Stormers in Sydney, which should be a great test for Folau against the exciting backs of the Cape Town side.

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