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CONFIRMED: Israel Folau to sign one-year deal with NSW Waratahs

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    Israel Folau contemplates his future during his final appearance in GWS Giants colours (Image: Slattery)

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    BREAKING: The Roar has confirmed that Israel Folau will sign with the NSW Waratahs. A press conference will be held within the next 24-36 hours to announce the Waratahs deal.

    Folau will front the media in a Waratahs jersey where it will be announced that he will be playing in the 2013 Super Rugby season.

    It is unclear exactly what salary agreements have been reached between the parties, but it is understood to be considerably less than the $1.5m on offer per year from the AFL, and the deal will be without ‘top-up’ assistance from the ARU.

    Waratahs staff are expected to be asked how Folau can fit underneath the salary cap in place for the Super Rugby competition. The cap has recently been increased to $4.5 million for the 2013 season, after a deal between the ARU and Rugby Union Players Association.

    Folau has added kicking to his skill set after his stint in the AFL with the GWS Giants, and has played rugby in his youth.

    He is expected to add firepower to the Waratahs backline once he has adjusted to his third professional code in Australia. His performances will be keenly watched by supporter base coming off a worst ever season in 2012.

    Folau will have a slightly shortened pre-season under new Waratahs coach Michael Cheika, and will need to bulk up from his AFL-style endurance physique.

    The confirmation of Israel Folau signing to the NSW Waratahs is a major coup for rugby in Australia and will leave many at NRL headquarters pondering what could have been – in particular, what went wrong with the Parramatta Eels deal.

    Is this the right signing for the NSW Waratahs?

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    • December 3rd 2012 @ 12:17pm
      hodge said | December 3rd 2012 @ 12:17pm | ! Report

      what a joke … he should be forced to play for the Penrith Emus and then EARN his place in the NSW Team!

      • December 3rd 2012 @ 12:25pm
        hodge said | December 3rd 2012 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

        and only a 1 year deal too … so he’ll play 2013 for the Tahs and Wallabies (with 40+ different players used each year, why not) … then go back to the NRL. typical short-sightedness from the ARU

        • December 3rd 2012 @ 1:02pm
          Will Sinclair said | December 3rd 2012 @ 1:02pm | ! Report

          Why will he return to the NRL in 2014?

          He might prefer away trips to Cape Town rather than Campbelltown.

          He might want to go to Paris more than Penrith.

          He might even want to win an Olympic Gold Medal rather than a… what do they play for in International Rugby League anyway?

          • December 3rd 2012 @ 1:10pm
            Lippy said | December 3rd 2012 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

            Classic 😉

          • December 3rd 2012 @ 2:06pm
            cm said | December 3rd 2012 @ 2:06pm | ! Report

            Will, in international rugby league they play for a warm, flat pint of northern best bitter.

            • December 3rd 2012 @ 3:58pm
              Crosscoder said | December 3rd 2012 @ 3:58pm | ! Report

              As distinct from Pims at Twickenam

          • December 3rd 2012 @ 3:45pm
            Ra said | December 3rd 2012 @ 3:45pm | ! Report

            show us photos of yourself in schoolboy, club and representative winning teams, then ask that question again

          • December 3rd 2012 @ 3:55pm
            Crosscoder said | December 3rd 2012 @ 3:55pm | ! Report

            One year deal,you gotta love these short termers.
            He also might want to get mugged in Joberg.
            A RLWC is what they can play for Will.It’s called representing one’s country.

            • December 3rd 2012 @ 4:09pm
              Greg said | December 3rd 2012 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

              Against two others? hardly a “world cup”

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 4:20pm
                Crosscoder said | December 3rd 2012 @ 4:20pm | ! Report

                Please advise the two other teams competing in the event ,then.
                Alternatively advise the names of the countries competing,if that is too hard.

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 4:33pm
                Greg said | December 3rd 2012 @ 4:33pm | ! Report

                well, i know Australia is sending an Australian team, a Lebonese team, a fijian team, and an italian team… so sorry, i should have said three countries providing the players for these teams. my mistake.

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 4:34pm
                clipper said | December 3rd 2012 @ 4:34pm | ! Report

                The two other teams that have any hope of winning that Greg refers to are England and New Zealand, and most of the NZ players are based here, but you knew that already – the next teams after that are at 250-1 to win the league world cup, so Greg makes a good point.

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 4:56pm
                Crosscoder said | December 3rd 2012 @ 4:56pm | ! Report

                Mate you have already shot yourslef in the foot
                The Lebanese team mad up wholly of locals missed out in teh qualifiers..So yes it is your mistake.
                I am sure players from France,PNG,and those from the PI,will give you a pat on the back,for a poor attempt at humour.
                I know exactly what Greg was aiming at,been around long enough with ru cynics,played the game with them.
                And to clipper please advise all and sundry the vast number of countries with any chance of winning the RWC.Single hand count perhaps.
                No one is suggesting the outsiders have a chance of winning,its competing that is the point.That is teh charter of the Olympics and the Comm Games.

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 5:04pm
                Greg said | December 3rd 2012 @ 5:04pm | ! Report

                Wales made the semi final and were unlucky not to play in the RWC final last year, and they are 9th in the world. Tonga beat the runners up in the RWC, and they are 12th.
                So, yeah, more than the one hand is needed for the count buddy.

                Anyway – you say – “And to clipper please advise all and sundry the vast number of countries with any chance of winning the RWC.Single hand count perhaps.”

                Then

                “No one is suggesting the outsiders have a chance of winning,its competing that is the point.That is teh charter of the Olympics and the Comm Games”

                Is it different for one sport and not the other?

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 7:08pm
                Crosscoder said | December 3rd 2012 @ 7:08pm | ! Report

                You got it in one,its competing,so having a shot(as you did) at a code with 3 countries, with only a real chance of winning,is let us say indicative of someone who has no interest in that code, and out to
                have a dig for ego purposes.

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 8:11pm
                Col Quinn said | December 3rd 2012 @ 8:11pm | ! Report

                Greg,
                I suggest that you check historical facts but the World Cup played for by RL teams is the Rugby World Cup. The Cup played for by RU teams is the Rugby Union World Cup. That is why is called the William Web Ellis Cup, named after a myth, as the trophy the RL teams play for is inscribed the Rugby World Cup. This cup was inscribed in 1953. The name Rugby World Cup is actually owned by the French Rugby League (Fédération Française de Rugby à XIII ). So please a little historical research before sarcasm.

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 10:01pm
                Steve O said | December 3rd 2012 @ 10:01pm | ! Report

                Col Quinn – out of curiosity I just checked and can confirm that the World Cup competition played by RL is called The Rugby League World Cup, and the trophy they play for is engraved……The Rugby League World Cup.
                http://www.wysport.co.uk/files/1513/5029/5227/Martin_Offiah_with_cup_2.jpg

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 10:16pm
                Steve O said | December 3rd 2012 @ 10:16pm | ! Report

                …and the World Cup competition for Rugby Union is called the Rugby World Cup and the trophy is inscribed The International Rugby Football Board The Webb Ellis Cup

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 10:37pm
                Greg said | December 3rd 2012 @ 10:37pm | ! Report

                Haha, nice research col Quinn

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 10:49pm
                Sam said | December 3rd 2012 @ 10:49pm | ! Report

                Well look at it this way. 3 different nations have won the Rugby League world cup and 3 different nations have won the Rugby Union World Cup. Looking to the day the Ivory Coast, Uruguay or Japan win a Rugby World Cup

            • December 3rd 2012 @ 4:40pm
              Jerry said | December 3rd 2012 @ 4:40pm | ! Report

              “It’s called representing one’s country.”

              Or alternatively “representing one country and then another and then the first one again…..”

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 7:03pm
                Crosscoder said | December 3rd 2012 @ 7:03pm | ! Report

                Yeah Craig Gower would know a little about that .

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 8:32pm
                Jerry said | December 3rd 2012 @ 8:32pm | ! Report

                Oh, so close. You could have said “Brad Thorn” and it would have actually fit the criteria…..

              • December 4th 2012 @ 7:56am
                Crosscoder said | December 4th 2012 @ 7:56am | ! Report

                Was going to merntion Thorn,but he is too nice a guy.I respect his decision making,he goes by his word. Gower was actually part of the criterea Oz and italy in two codes.

          • December 3rd 2012 @ 4:35pm
            Pot Stirrer said | December 3rd 2012 @ 4:35pm | ! Report

            A World cup, The Ashes, Anzac Test to name a few. You union blokes are a funny lot. Just becuase you cant beat the Allblacks and the depth of Talent is poor you think Union is better. Truth is the Talent Australia produces the Wallabies should be as dominant as the Roos.

            • December 3rd 2012 @ 4:40pm
              Greg said | December 3rd 2012 @ 4:40pm | ! Report

              what? world cup runners up the roos?

              • Roar Pro

                December 3rd 2012 @ 5:35pm
                matthewthorpe said | December 3rd 2012 @ 5:35pm | ! Report

                better than world cup 3rd place

              • Roar Guru

                December 3rd 2012 @ 5:45pm
                PeterK said | December 3rd 2012 @ 5:45pm | ! Report

                what compare runner up where it is 2nd out of 3 teams to 3rd out of 12 genuine contenders.

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 7:11pm
                Crosscoder said | December 3rd 2012 @ 7:11pm | ! Report

                3rd out of 12 genuine contenders.Try 3rd out of max 6.
                Even harden ru fans woiuld knock that on the head.
                7 WCs to date wiith what 4-5 winners.

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 8:35pm
                Jerry said | December 3rd 2012 @ 8:35pm | ! Report

                There’ve been 7 different semi-finalists and 4 different finalists in the last two RWC tournaments, crosscoder.

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 10:38pm
                Greg said | December 3rd 2012 @ 10:38pm | ! Report

                Haha cross coder you are hilarious.

              • December 3rd 2012 @ 11:42pm
                Steve O said | December 3rd 2012 @ 11:42pm | ! Report

                And the 12 RL World Cups from 1954 to 2000 had 2 winners with NZ making it 3 in 2008

              • December 4th 2012 @ 7:57am
                Crosscoder said | December 4th 2012 @ 7:57am | ! Report

                So being in a semi finalist mean a winning final,genuine contenders .Noice LOL.

              • December 4th 2012 @ 8:04am
                Crosscoder said | December 4th 2012 @ 8:04am | ! Report

                China ,India featured as yet,they make up 1/3 of the worlds population. Oh wait!One could go on.

                Let us all settle down and enjoy the world cups for what they are ,each to his.own.
                If you belittle the RLWC as Greg did initially,expect a return serve.
                His cynicism is hardly new ,I have been reading and hearing it for years ,having spent my ill gotten youth playing ru at school..Supposedly humorous ,yet as funny as a train crash.

            • December 3rd 2012 @ 4:46pm
              Will Sinclair said | December 3rd 2012 @ 4:46pm | ! Report

              Do they still play for the Ashes?

              And I am not a rugby union bloke! I have a current membership with an NRL team.

          • December 3rd 2012 @ 7:38pm
            Jkyy said | December 3rd 2012 @ 7:38pm | ! Report

            Haha well said will s!!

        • December 3rd 2012 @ 1:39pm
          Noddy said | December 3rd 2012 @ 1:39pm | ! Report

          From the article the ARU are not topping up the contract – it si all the Tahs doing

        • December 3rd 2012 @ 1:44pm
          Spliff Biggins said | December 3rd 2012 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

          “typical short-sightedness from the ARU”

          He signed with the Waratahs. Not ARU. ARU are not topping up his contract.
          1 season deal best for both parties.
          If he proves his worth, then he can ask for ARU top up the following year.
          If he is pants at the code, both have an easy get out.

          Anything that may improve the Tahs and get a few more bums on seats should be considered.

      • December 3rd 2012 @ 12:48pm
        Mr Taylor said | December 3rd 2012 @ 12:48pm | ! Report

        Its professional rugby which means the Waratahs signed him not Penrith Emus or West Harbour.

      • December 3rd 2012 @ 1:07pm
        myles said | December 3rd 2012 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

        Actually the joke is the wallabies, who can only ever manage to scrape wins by the skin of their teeth…that’s assuming they win in the first place!
        His presence alone will lift the sport next year…and trust me that will be needed especially after the loss of interest in the sport due to the boring and defensive style of plays at the club & national level (with the exception of the reds). Add to that Quade coopers exit from the game, and izzy’s inclusion can only be a good thing.
        I think they will play him on the wing. But if he is played in the centres then surely they will be trying to mould him into an SBW-esque type figure.
        Should be interesting.

        • December 3rd 2012 @ 1:41pm
          Noddy said | December 3rd 2012 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

          He has a different skill set to SBW but I do think he will play 12 or 15

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            December 3rd 2012 @ 7:30pm
            Mantis said | December 3rd 2012 @ 7:30pm | ! Report

            He will play wing for the first half of the year. He cant adapt that quickly, no way.

        • December 3rd 2012 @ 3:33pm
          Marlins tragic said | December 3rd 2012 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

          When was the last time you watched a Shute Sheild game?

          Nothing boring about the way the top 6-7 Sydney club teams played this year!

          • Roar Pro

            December 3rd 2012 @ 5:36pm
            matthewthorpe said | December 3rd 2012 @ 5:36pm | ! Report

            except for teh fact the they are sydney club teams and are semi-pro, now thats boring

            • Roar Guru

              December 3rd 2012 @ 7:32pm
              Mantis said | December 3rd 2012 @ 7:32pm | ! Report

              Its good your not biased or anything…

          • December 3rd 2012 @ 8:16pm
            myles said | December 3rd 2012 @ 8:16pm | ! Report

            are you for real?! Isn’t there a comp called Super Rugby?!
            By your logic perhaps everyone should be watching the toyota cup instead of the NRL?!
            Who the hell watches the shute shield anyways?! Perhaps the families of the players?

        • December 3rd 2012 @ 3:47pm
          Ra said | December 3rd 2012 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

          is a one-point win too much for you myles???

          • December 3rd 2012 @ 8:20pm
            myles said | December 3rd 2012 @ 8:20pm | ! Report

            Unlike some people, i find it unacceptable that our national team is consistently at best winning unconvincingly.
            But hey…high standards never helped make the Romans and British so great!!!

    • December 3rd 2012 @ 12:19pm
      Hansie said | December 3rd 2012 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

      I’d get his signature on the contract quick smart before he changes his mind.

    • December 3rd 2012 @ 12:22pm
      kingplaymaker said | December 3rd 2012 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

      Gold!

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      December 3rd 2012 @ 12:22pm
      Stuart Fazakerley said | December 3rd 2012 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

      This’ll be fine, it’s not like the Waratahs have been in any salary cap trouble recently…

      • December 3rd 2012 @ 7:46pm
        Blue Blood said | December 3rd 2012 @ 7:46pm | ! Report

        Exactly. The ARU have gone very quiet on last years cap issues at the Tahs. If it was anyone but the Tahs or the Reds they would have been raped over hot coals. Now this. How can they afford him and all those Wallabies? Seems very dodgy to me. Time for an audit

      • December 3rd 2012 @ 10:05pm
        Jerry said | December 3rd 2012 @ 10:05pm | ! Report

        Yeah, but they got penalised for that.

        SANZAR retrospectively stripped them of all those titles they won…

        • December 3rd 2012 @ 10:16pm
          Cantab said | December 3rd 2012 @ 10:16pm | ! Report

          All Australian super rugby teams are allowed 1 marquee player which is exempt from the salary cap of 4.5million. The reds and Tah’s don’t do not have a marquee player signed however the reds playing roster is currently full. So the ‘tahs could even pay him 4.6million and it won’t be in breach of the salary cap. Why have this rule? Well what sport is Folua playing this year?

          • December 3rd 2012 @ 10:18pm
            Cantab said | December 3rd 2012 @ 10:18pm | ! Report

            Do not*

          • December 3rd 2012 @ 10:56pm
            Jagman said | December 3rd 2012 @ 10:56pm | ! Report

            Not exempt but you’re right the marquee import always counts as about $130,000 no matter what they are paid. This is one 30th of the cap.

    • December 3rd 2012 @ 12:23pm
      Jutsie said | December 3rd 2012 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

      hopefully he’s more rogers/tuqiri than dell/tahu

    • December 3rd 2012 @ 12:24pm
      Great Dog said | December 3rd 2012 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

      Would be good if he ran on with the emus. Even west harbour !

      A poor decision by the waratahs nonetheless

      • December 3rd 2012 @ 3:49pm
        Ra said | December 3rd 2012 @ 3:49pm | ! Report

        if you’re sponsoring his pay packet, you could have him line up for anybody

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