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ISRAEL Folau's AFL career is over, citing a lack of passion for the game.

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Greater Western Sydney announced the decision at a media conference.

Folau appears set to head back to rugby league, which would end a two-year, $4 million experiment as a high-profile code-jumper.

But Folau was adamant a decision on his future had not yet been made and said he could even switch to rugby union.

Buzz Rothfield comment: Welcome back to the NRL, Izzy

There had been rumours for months that Folau was unhappy in the code and he confirmed at the press conference that "the passion wasn't there for me".

"It was a pretty hard decision to make and one I have been thinking about for awhile," he said.

"The last two years I really enjoyed my experience at the Giants and I made a lot of good friends.

"In the end, I think the passion wasn't quite there.

"In the end if I stayed, I felt like I would have been cheating myself .

"I had to be honest and move forward."

Folau said he was yet to discuss his future with any club but he was seen last week at Rosehill racecourse with Tim Mannah, the expected captain of the Eels in 2013.


Ah well welcome back Izzy, have to bulk up a bit I guess.

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Like the poll at the end of that piece 'what code should he play...AFL or NRL? How long has NRL been a code.

AFL isn't a code either. :D

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That article though, illustrates the difference between RL and most other sports reporters. This guy spins it round declaring him the failure whereas if it was RL, our journos would be declaring it evidence that RL was the farce and at fault.

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