Folau happy with midfield switch

Date published: April 26 2016

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Israel Folau is happy with his switch to the midfield but isn't sure if he will play there for the Wallabies against England in June.

Folau, who has been the Waratahs and Wallabies' first-choice full-back in recent seasons, has impressed at outside centre for the Sydneysiders against the Brumbies and Western Force, scoring a try in each of those matches.

The 27-year-old feels he still has plenty to learn but is pleased with his play, especially on attack.

"I've been happy with the way things are going, but never content… I always want to try and keep improving each week," Folau told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I'm still learning and trying to learn all the detailed stuff about playing 13, but at the moment I'm enjoying the challenge and it's been great. For me personally, it's very satisfying."

Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson's main reason for him moving to centre was so that he could receive more ball, and Folau admitted that is exactly what happened.

"I definitely feel like I've got a lot more pill over the last couple of weeks playing at 13 and I'm a little bit closer to the action where I'm getting the ball earlier and I can weigh up my options with what I want to do," he added.

"It's been something I'm really happy with and I've spoken to Daryl in the past about trying to get myself into the game a bit more.

"I'm still learning as we go, but I can only get comfortable playing 13 by getting more game time, so it's something that I look forward to taking in."

Folau said there has been no contact from Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika about where he would play him against England in June.

"I'm trying to make sure I can play the best rugby I can at this level before even looking at anything with the Wallabies," he explained.

"It's out of my control and we'll see what happens."

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