Tahs in tug-'o-war for AFL star

Sat, 01 Dec 2012 12:25
Large israel folau b w 630 Large israel folau afl 630 Large israel folau walks 630

Australian Rugby League international Israel Folau has been linked to a move to either the Waratahs or a French club.

Australian Rugby League international Israel Folau has been linked to a move to either the Waratahs or a French club, after rejecting a return to the National Rugby League.

NRL club Parramatta and the NRL said that Folau would not make a much-anticipated return to the code he left for the rival Australian Football League (AFL) at the end of 2010.

Folau, 23, quit AFL's Greater Western Sydney Giants on October 31 saying he wanted to return to Rugby League with the Parramatta Eels.

But after lengthy negotiations Parramatta have been informed that Folau would instead join Rugby Union, with France's Top 14 competition a possible destination, reports said.

Newspapers said Folau, who has played seven Tests for Australia, is believed to be heading overseas to pursue a career with a French Rugby Union team in a deal worth an estimated AU$1 million (US$1 million) a season.

Reports said Folau was not considering a competitive offer from the Eels that was worth AU$3 million over four years.

However, it also emerged that the code-hopper, Folau, could be involved Super Rugby in 2013.

The Waratahs have been named as a realistic prospect.

Folau has always maintained he wanted to continue to live and play in Sydney where he is close to his church and his mates.

This could give Super Rugby battlers NSW - who ended the 2012 season on an eight-game losing streak - the inside running.

His acquisition would give the ailing Waratahs, who have struggled for crowds and media space in an increasingly crowded market, a real boost.

"Are the Waratahs on the cards? Definitely ...", a source close to Folau's camp told AAP.

After struggling to adapt to life in the AFL, Folau's undoubted talents would seemingly translate easily to the 15-a-side game.

Sources: AFP & AAP

There are currently no matches being played
Sun, 04 October 2015
Zebre v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Argentina v Tonga 13h30 Leicester
Ireland v Italy 15h45 London
Tue, 06 October 2015
Canada v Romania 15h45 Leicester
Fiji v Uruguay 19h00 Milton Keynes
Wed, 07 October 2015
South Africa v United States 15h45 London
Namibia v Georgia 19h00 Exeter
Fri, 09 October 2015
Pumas v Blue Bulls 16h00 Mbombela Stadium
Western Province v EP Kings 16h00 Newlands
New Zealand v Tonga 19h00 Newcastle
Sat, 10 October 2015
Golden Lions v Griquas 12h00 Ellis Park
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 14h05 Bloemfontein
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
TOP 14