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Folau not bothered by Brumbies

23rd June 2014 08:30



Prolific: Israel Folau

Waratahs game-breaker Israel Folau remains unfazed by the Brumbies' ability to shut him down when the sides last clashed, as both prepare to go head-to-head this weekend.

Saturday's Sydney showdown sees the teams return to Super Rugby duty with a bang after many in the respective squads spent several weeks with the Wallabies.

The Brumbies ran out 28-23 victors last time around, with their tactical nous in nullifying Folau and Kurtley Beale key to their triumph.

Folau remains untroubled, however.

"We haven't spoken about it," Folau told Fairfax.

"We are not even worried about it. There are plenty of other guys in the team that they have to worry about. It's not just us two. We will find our ways to contribute to the team with our performances, but it's nothing that myself or 'KB' are too worried about.

"It's kind of a challenge that you want to get, but it's been like that throughout the year with certain teams we have played."

While acknowledging the "quick turnaround" between international and provincial duties, Folau heaped praise upon Test debutant and 'Tahs teammate Will Skelton, who impressed hugely against France on Saturday.

"He has very high skills, not only [with] his passing but the way he moves around the park. He is pretty agile for a 140 kilo-plus man," admitted Folau.

"He has some silky skills most people now realise and I see that first-hand at training. If he keeps working on that, that could be an extra element to his game that he could have over some other forwards."

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