Folau close to new deal

Code-hopper Israel Folau says he is “pretty close” to announcing his next contract.

The NSW Waratahs and Wallabies fullback’s current deal expires at the end of the Rugby World Cup in September-October and he is in demand with a host of suitors chasing him, including French rugby and NRL clubs.

While the situation would surely be causing Australian Rugby Union bosses sleepless nights, Folau is pretty cool about the whole thing.

“I think it’s pretty close,” Folau said of his announcing his next move.

“I’m comfortable with how things are going and when the time is right, I’ll let everyone know.”

For now, Folau is excited at the prospect of playing at the Rugby World Cup in the United Kingdom.

“Now that I’ve been in the game for three years, it’s going to be a real test for me to see where I’m at on that world class stage against world class players at such a big event,” he said.

“I feel like I’ve found my place in this game … there is still a lot more to achieve as a player.”

The 26-year-old former Australian rugby league international bounced back to form last weekend for the Waratahs with a hat-trick of tries in the win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

It followed a rare shocker from Folau in the loss to the Lions at Ellis Park.

“It’s probably the first time this year I’ve found myself in open space in the wider channels,” he said.

“I’ve been happy with my form all year. I’ve contributed to the team in a different way to what I normally do.”

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