Jake: Folau to 'cheapen' Wallaby shirt

Fri, 03 May 2013 12:45
Large israel folau   robbie deans Large jake white presser Large israelfolautahstraining6 Large jake white points2 Large israel folau   robbie dean2 Large jake white looks up630

Jake White said that selecting former Rugby League international Israel Folau to play against the B&I Lions would cheapen the Wallabies jersey.

World Cup-winning coach Jake White said Friday that selecting former Rugby League international Israel Folau to play against the British and Irish Lions would cheapen the Wallabies jersey.
 
The former Springboks coach and now Brumbies mentor said that while Folau was a talented player he must commit long-term to Australian Rugby Union before being chosen for the Wallabies.
 
Folau, 24, has made a big impression in just nine Super Rugby games for the Waratahs this season since switching codes for a second time - after two seasons in Australian Rules with Greater Western Sydney.
 
"The concern is if you've only played 10 games and become a Wallaby, for me it's a bit of an indictment on the jumper," White said on radio.
 
"I understand he's a great catch and they want to try and attract him marketing-wise to keep him in Rugby [Union] football."
 
White said the Australian Rugby Union did the same with previous Rugby League converts Mat Rogers, Wendell Sailor and Lote Tuqiri because of the intense competition between the rival rugby codes in Australia.
 
"But he's got to want to play for the Wallabies and be a part of the Wallabies for many, many years if you want to give him a Wallaby jumper," White said.
 
"I don't think it would be fair after 10 or 12 games if he ends up playing for Australia."
 
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has not guaranteed Folau selection in his final 31-man squad for the June-July Lions series, but said this week that he could become "an absolute legend of the game" if he remained in Rugby Union beyond this year when his ARU contract expires.
 
"But in terms of whether he'll be with us [for the Lions Tests], we'll make those decisions in time," Deans said on Wednesday.
 
"Israel does some things that no one else can do. It's remarkable what he can do for a bloke who's playing his 10th game of rugby."
 
Reports have linked Folau with a return to the National Rugby League next year at the Canterbury Bulldogs.
 
The Wallabies play three Tests against the Lions from June 22 to July 6.
 
AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 06 May 2016
Crusaders v Reds 07h35 Christchurch
Brumbies v Bulls 09h40 Canberra
Griffons v Eagles 15h00 Welkom
EP Kings v Blue Bulls 16h00 Port Elizabeth
Sat, 07 May 2016
Sunwolves v Force 05h15 Tokyo
Chiefs v Highlanders 07h35 Hamilton
Waratahs v Cheetahs 09h40 Sydney
Leopards v Boland 12h30 Potchefstroom
Griquas v Border 13h00 Kimberley
Sharks v Hurricanes 13h00 Durban
Pumas v Namibia 13h00 Mpumalanga
Golden Lions v Free State Cheetahs 13h00 Randburg
Wasps v London Irish 14h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Saracens 14h30 Sixways
Bath v Leicester Tigers 14h30 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Northampton Saints 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 Twickenham
Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks 14h30 Kingston Park
Zebre v Dragons 15h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Munster v Scarlets 15h00 Thomond Park
Ospreys v Ulster 15h00 Liberty Stadium
Connacht v Glasgow Warriors 15h00 Sportsground
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 15h00 BT Murrayfield
Leinster v Treviso 15h00 RDS
Kings v Blues 15h05 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Western Province 15h30 Durban
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 9 5 0 4 23
Brumbies 9 5 0 4 21
Waratahs 8 4 0 4 21
Reds 9 2 1 6 12
Force 9 1 0 8 6
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Chiefs 9 8 0 1 37
Crusaders 8 7 0 1 32
Hurricanes 9 6 0 3 31
Highlanders 9 6 0 3 28
Blues 8 4 1 3 20
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 9 6 0 3 29
Bulls 8 6 1 1 28
Cheetahs 9 2 0 7 12
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 27
Sharks 9 4 1 4 23
Jaguares 8 1 0 7 7
Kings 7 1 0 6 4