Folau sees no signs of complacency

Date published: April 7 2015

Waratahs full-back Israel Folau believes there is no complacency in Sydney, with the side's will to win as strong as ever.

Folau has missed out in the past on back-to-back titles when he was with the Melbourne Storm in the NRL.

Comparing the mental strength of his current side to that of Melbourne in the past, Folau has noticed a difference.

The possibility of winning two straight Super Rugby titles is driving the Waratahs on, according to Folau, ahead of a final stretch with no bye weeks after they sat out Round Eight.

"From what I've experienced in the past, teams that I've been involved in after winning a premiership, the second year seems as though a lot more players get a little bit more complacent," Folau told TVNZ.

"Within this group now, I don't see any of those signs, which is great thing for the team.

"The most satisfying thing is, once you win a premiership or something like that, you want to try and stay on top, not just do it the one time.

"That's probably an even bigger challenge than winning it the first time and that's the hunger that I think this group has and we want to strive to achieve that."

As for his long-term future, Folau sounded enthusiastic about working with Daryl Gibson at the Waratahs next year. The former All Black is take over in Sydney from Michael Cheika.

"I'm really enjoying the team feel within this whole club," added Folau.

"It's great news for the club that Daryl's gone on to take on the head role here next year. He's helped me a lot, especially in attack with different variations in my game and mixing things up."