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Israel Folau to switch


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#1 Yosser

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:13 AM

http://www.smh.com.a...0716-ztn49.html

 

And more to come by the sound of it.



#2 Railway End

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:24 AM

I doubt he would come back next season with the RUWC happening in 2015.

I would love to be proven wrong though!

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#3 Yosser

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:37 AM

With RU in Australia in such a financial mess and the Wallabies reflecting that. There could be humiliation ahead for the Wallabies next year. Much like Spain in the Football WC.

 

Meanwhile he is still playing in a minority sport in Australia. There are lots reasons to switch but the biggest one of them all is likely to be $$$


Edited by Trojan horse, 17 July 2014 - 05:06 PM.


#4 londonrlfan

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:29 AM

Wish he would stay, he's made his bed and he should lay in it. All he did was slag off RL when he switched and how he could 'see the world' and other such nonsense. Just goes to show he's all about the money!



#5 Henson Park Old Firm

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:35 AM

maybe he's trying to get a bigger deal from union



#6 walter sobchak

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:50 AM

maybe he's trying to get a bigger deal from union


That's usually how it works down under, I've lost count the number of times union players like ma'a nonu, piri weepu and quade cooper were about to switch codes only to sign a more lucrative contract with the all backs or wallabies.

#7 kosh2262

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:54 AM

The ARU have seen a number of high profile defections of current young players leaving for France and Japan to play Union, Nick Cummins the latest.

Would not surprise me if one or both of Beale and Folau swap, though Folau is contracted until World Cup. I expect him to do a SBW and flip flop if the money is right.
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#8 walter sobchak

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:55 AM

Wish he would stay, he's made his bed and he should lay in it. All he did was slag off RL when he switched and how he could 'see the world' and other such nonsense. Just goes to show he's all about the money!


Show me a player that isn't all about money(very few) which I can't honestly blame them for. Also like it or not union players do travel more around the globe than their league counterparts.

#9 walter sobchak

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:07 PM

I've got mixed feelings about this, on the one hand it would be great to see the likes of hunt and folau back in league and seeing the likes of kurtley Beale try his hand in the NRL but this only strengthens an already strong NRL and kangaroo test side while England will be without the likes of Sam burgess and Kyle eastmond playing union in England.

#10 Tiny Tim

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 01:46 PM

I think a lot of Aussie RU players are looking for big money moves (French RU or NRL) after the RWC next year. Shame to see them go but can't blame them.


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#11 longboard

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 04:34 PM

I think Folau should give Gaelic Football a go in his quest to master all the football codes. 



#12 Railway End

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 05:41 PM

I think a lot of Aussie RU players are looking for big money moves (French RU or NRL) after the RWC next year. Shame to see them go but can't blame them.


I doubt many of the current Wallabies team would interest NRL clubs with Folau being the obvious exception. I'm not saying they are not good enough, but the money they would want would be too much of a gamble.

One area where a financially struggling ARU may see a drain to league though, is with its junior players. NRL clubs may be in a position to cherry pick the best prospects and players deciding a more lucrative career is possible in the NRL.

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#13 Alfies Thumb

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 12:23 AM

The ARU have seen a number of high profile defections of current young players leaving for France and Japan to play Union, Nick Cummins the latest

 

Cummins left purely for monitory reasons. His Dad has prostate cancer and his two brothers have cystic fibrosis. He's earning more in Japan than he ever could, even with  a massive ARU top up. 



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 12:25 AM

One area where a financially struggling ARU may see a drain to league though, is with its junior players. NRL clubs may be in a position to cherry pick the best prospects and players deciding a more lucrative career is possible in the NRL.

 

This has happened since rugby league went pro, mate. 



#15 Celt

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 12:16 PM

come on guys - there's no way on earth Folau is going to switch now.  After the union world cup... perhaps.

 

But before then?  No chance!!

 

The guy is simply using his agent to play the NRL clubs off against the ARU to push up his salary.

 

IMO the NRL clubs should have a look at getting back some of the other (cheaper) players who have switched.... Cooper Vuna, or the big Kiwi guy on the wing for the Brumbies (ex-Titans... Joe somebody?)  Bothj would go well in RL i feel, as they have a good backgound in the sport already, and are good athletes.  the  Kiwi guy at the Brumbies could also potentially add value to the New Zealand national RL squad if he could be enticed back.  he was a bit of a bum at the Titans, but has clearly sorted his act out.


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#16 walter sobchak

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 08:22 PM

come on guys - there's no way on earth Folau is going to switch now.  After the union world cup... perhaps.
 
But before then?  No chance!!
 
The guy is simply using his agent to play the NRL clubs off against the ARU to push up his salary.
 
IMO the NRL clubs should have a look at getting back some of the other (cheaper) players who have switched.... Cooper Vuna, or the big Kiwi guy on the wing for the Brumbies (ex-Titans... Joe somebody?)  Bothj would go well in RL i feel, as they have a good backgound in the sport already, and are good athletes.  the  Kiwi guy at the Brumbies could also potentially add value to the New Zealand national RL squad if he could be enticed back.  he was a bit of a bum at the Titans, but has clearly sorted his act out.

Joe tomane, looked a great talent when he was at the Melbourne storm.

#17 Johnoco

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 10:31 PM

Does IF even count as a RL player? I would just class him as a bloke that plays sports for various employers.

 

Which is not an insult, it's just how it seems. He's possibly played other games for longer than he has RL



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 07:36 AM

Joe tomane, looked a great talent when he was at the Melbourne storm.

 

He was a schoolboy RU prodigy. Signed by the Storm before he'd played a game of rugby league. I think he had a few nasty injuries while in the NRL. He's only back now after injury. Solid winger.



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 07:37 AM

Does IF even count as a RL player? I would just class him as a bloke that plays sports for various employers.

 

Which is not an insult, it's just how it seems. He's possibly played other games for longer than he has RL

 

You're probably not wrong there. He's an exceptional athlete. He was never going to make it in AFL though. What I've enjoyed seeing is him finally clicking in union. His support play is exceptional.



#20 Middleton Bull

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 08:00 AM

You're probably not wrong there. He's an exceptional athlete. He was never going to make it in AFL though. What I've enjoyed seeing is him finally clicking in union. His support play is exceptional.

AT, why do you say he was never going to make it in AFL?  Also, what do you mean by seeing him "finally" clicking in union? From what I've seen, he clicked from day one.