Try drought doesn’t worry Folau

Date published: November 5 2014

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Australia full-back Israel Folau played down his current try drought as he prepare to face Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Wallabies full-back Israel Folau has played down his current try drought ahead of their game against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Folau, who has been outstanding this year in both Super Rugby and on the international scene, is currently on a five-match run without scoring.

But while he has not found the whitewash, the Waratahs star believes he is playing well and creating for his team which makes him happy.

“I’m pretty happy with the way I’m playing at the moment,” Folau told walesonline.co.uk.

“I’m creating opportunities for myself and for the guys around me – that’s my role.

“Crossing the line for tries is always a bonus and I’m always looking for improvement in my game.

“Most people would probably say I’ve been under the radar because I haven’t scored tries, but I think I’m doing a lot of my work off the ball.”

Wales, who haven’t beaten Australia since 2008, lost 30-26 to the Wallabies last year.

It’s clear the Welsh are desperate to end that drought on Saturday – before the World Cup year – but they will have to do it with an experimental backline, with George North moved to centre due Jonathan Davies and Scott Williams; absence in a switch that surprises Folau.

“I’m a little bit surprised,” he added.

“I’ve never seen George play at 13, I’ve only ever seen him play on the wing. I’m not sure how he’ll find it there.

“But they’ll bring a lot of size to that midfield. I’m sure the guys who get picked for us will do the job.”

He added on facing North: “It’s always a good challenge – the last few times I’ve played against George it’s been quite exciting and I’m sure it will be the same again this weekend.”

“Wales is a team that is building nicely, they’ve been going well so we have to be ready to turn up.”

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