Folau happy wherever he’s selected

Date published: August 3 2016

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Wallabies stalwart Israel Folau has revealed that he is happy to play wherever he is selected for his country in the upcoming Rugby Championship.

Folau, who was Australia’s first-choice full-back at last year’s Rugby World Cup and in the recent series against England, has shone at outside centre for the Waratahs in Super Rugby this year.

His superb form in midfield has left Wallabies boss Michael Cheika with a selection headache ahead of the Rugby Championship opener against the All Blacks in Sydney on August 20.

Folau admitted that he doesn’t mind where Cheika picks him as he is happy in either position.

“It’s a bit of a roaming role at the moment,” he told AAP.

“That’s the way I’ve been playing – attacking at 13 and defending at full-back, which I don’t mind.

“I get to use the skills sets that I have at the back there as well.

“It would be nice to have a set position but I’m really comfortable going back and forth and it just depends on what ‘Cheik’ and the rest of the coaching staff decide is best for the team.”

Folau is keen for the Wallabies to return to the victory trail after they suffered a 3-0 series defeat to England in June.

“Obviously it was disappointing, the England series,” he added.

“But for most guys it just provides that bit more hunger to want to try and turn things around and do well.

“You don’t really need much motivation when you’re coming up against the All Blacks so the boys will be ready, no doubt.

“We’ve been in camp for two weeks now and it’s good that we get to spend that time together to build things up getting ready for the game.”

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