Folau not focusing on England

Date published: May 4 2016

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Wallabies full-back Israel Folau has revealed that he is not focusing on next month's Tests against England as he is giving all his attention to the Waratahs' Super Rugby campaign.

England have been vocal for months about the three-game series but Folau said he’s happy for them to keep talking.

Folau believes the talk coming from the English camp could be used as inspiration for some, but he was tuning the noise out.

“I guess every player’s different,” he told the Australian Rugby Union's official website.

“It can fire you up but some guys tend to ignore it.

“I’m probably that person where I don’t really take notice, that’s no disrespect to them.”

With some Super Rugby water to go under the bridge before the Wallabies come together for camp in the last week of May, Folau said Australia's domestic competition is where his focus is.

“I think for the players, we’re never taking too much notice of that,” added the 27-year-old.

“We’re in the middle of our season of Super Rugby.

“I’m sure Cheik and the rest of the coaching staff will be taking notes.

“Things like that we don't really take notice of and as a player you just want to control and worry about the things you can.”

While he has played two of his best 2016 games at outside centre, Folau said he wasn’t anticipating playing there in June.

“I haven’t had any talks with Cheik and that,” he revealed.

“It’s totally out of my control and I’m sure the coaching staff will come up with a decision then. By far I guess the less of my worries.

“That’s (full-back) probably where I’ve played mostly besides the start of my Test career where I started on the wing,” he said.

“The last couple of weeks have been a good change for me and been I’ve really enjoying playing in that position. I’ve got to make the squad first."

Wherever Folau plays, the Wallabies backline will have a different look to it in June, with Will Genia the only one likely to be back from France for the England series.

Folau feels there are plenty of players who could step up in the midfield.

“I think we’ve got some great players and great depth in the Australian competition,” he said.

“Guys like (Tevita) Kuridrani and guys like (Samu) Kerevi have been playing really well in that midfield.

"You’ve got (Matt) Toomua and Christian (Lealiifano) and all those guys been playing well so I'm sure there are plenty of options for the coaches to pick from.

“Whoever gets picked in the midfield will do a good job.”

The Wallabies head into camp on May 29, ahead of the June 11 England Series opener in Brisbane.

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