Has the rugby public gone cold on Folau?



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    Australia’s rugby fans have picked four uncapped players in their Super Rugby team of the year – but it’s an exclusion rather than any inclusion that’s causing a stir.

    For the first time in his five-season rugby career, superstar fullback Israel Folau has failed to make the Peoples Choice Team of the Year.

    In the poll conducted by the Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA), fans voted for Folau’s Wallabies teammate and Western Force ace Dane Haylett-Petty as their No.15.

    There was also no room in the centres for Folau, with Queensland Reds star Samu Kerevi winning the No.13 jumper, while the Melbourne Rebels’ uncapped rugby league convert Marika Koroibete and Brumbies flyer Henry Speight named as the two wingers.

    Despite dominating Michael Cheika’s 34-man Wallabies squad for the upcoming Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship, the NSW Waratahs only had two players picked – new Test captain Michael Hooper and his vice-captain Bernard Foley.

    There is double cause for celebration in the Haylett-Petty family with his second-rower brother Ross also earning a place in the fans’ team of the year.

    Western Force centre Billy Meakes and his teammate, dynamic halfback Michael Ruru are the other two uncapped players to make the team.

    For the first time in the competition’s history, a Japanese international has been selected, with freshly resigned Rebels star Amanaki Mafi the overwhelming choice in the No.8 jersey.

    In total, six Force players made the XV, a further reflection of the standing of the franchise that finished second in the Australian conference yet remains on the Super Rugby chopping block.

    Four players from the conference-winning Brumbies – Speight, flanker Scott Fardy, lock Adam Coleman and prop Allan Alaalatoa – made the team.

    RUPA’s Peoples Choice Team of the Year: Dane Haylett-Petty (Western Force), Henry Speight (Brumbies), Samu Kerevi (Queensland Reds), Billy Meakes (Force), Marika Koroibete (Melbourne Rebels), Bernard Foley (NSW Waratahs), Michael Ruru (Force), Amanaki Mafi (Force), Michael Hooper (Waratahs), Scott Fardy (Brumbies), Adam Coleman (Force), Rory Arnold (Brumbies), Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies), Tatafu Polota-Nau (Western Force), Pek Cowan (Force).

    © AAP 2018
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    • Roar Pro

      August 10th 2017 @ 8:27am
      Boosho said | August 10th 2017 @ 8:27am | ! Report

      Wow. The iceman cometh. The majority of Australian rugby fans have drunk the icy, slushy cool aid.

      • Roar Rookie

        August 10th 2017 @ 10:57am
        piru said | August 10th 2017 @ 10:57am | ! Report

        yes that’s right, everyone else is wrong

        • Roar Rookie

          August 10th 2017 @ 11:08am
          piru said | August 10th 2017 @ 11:08am | ! Report

          sorry, I just realised what you were getting at – yes it seems there is koolaid a plenty

    • August 10th 2017 @ 9:08am
      Council said | August 10th 2017 @ 9:08am | ! Report

      I like the guy as an athlete, uncanny stand the absolute hyperbole around him spouted by some.

      Particular MEssa or by which ever handle he goes by thess days.

      I agree with many others here, would be a fantastic winger, shame he hasn’t had the opportunity to learn and make the position his own.

      • August 10th 2017 @ 9:33am
        Wolman said | August 10th 2017 @ 9:33am | ! Report

        Yes when he scored 6 tries in June, it was evident things just aren’t working for him.

        • August 10th 2017 @ 7:29pm
          Rhys Bosley said | August 10th 2017 @ 7:29pm | ! Report

          Against Fiji, Scotland and Italy, whoopdie doo, and more to the point he only made three tackles that month. That is woeful for a fullback.

          • August 11th 2017 @ 7:04am
            Cynical Play said | August 11th 2017 @ 7:04am | ! Report

            Show me better stats by an Oz 15 please?

        • Roar Guru

          August 11th 2017 @ 2:35pm
          Timbo (L) said | August 11th 2017 @ 2:35pm | ! Report

          Averaged 2 per Game. Same as Niavalu and he was on the field for less minutes.

          Finishers are going to finish.

          The try is scored by the team, the bloke putting it on the ground is just the last one to touch the ball.

    • August 10th 2017 @ 9:29am
      Fionn said | August 10th 2017 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      The problem with Folau is that while he is a fantastic athlete and offensive machine, he never quite displays the necessary passion or drive on the field.

      He reminds me a bit of Federer. When he was dominating from 2004-08 his lack of emotion on the field didn’t hinder him or the public’s image of him, because he was just winning. But then after he started struggling more after about 2009 he started displaying more positive emotion on the field, giving come ons and firing himself and the crowd up. I think it both helped his competitiveness and made the crowd love him even more.

      I think Folau needs to start showing a bit more positive or excited emotion given current results. And he always needs to look like he is trying a bit harder on defence because at times he looks a little disinterested, and perception is reality.

      Good to see Fardy, Haylett-Petty, Meakes and Cowan get some recognition.

      • August 10th 2017 @ 9:34am
        Wolman said | August 10th 2017 @ 9:34am | ! Report

        Yes Folau only topped the aussie conference for tries this year, run metres and offloads etc and he only scored 6 tries in June. If only he’d have a go

        • August 10th 2017 @ 9:39am
          Fionn said | August 10th 2017 @ 9:39am | ! Report

          Comprehension isn’t your strong suit, is it?

          • Roar Rookie

            August 10th 2017 @ 11:10am
            piru said | August 10th 2017 @ 11:10am | ! Report

            I don’t care how good he was, or how good he could be – he looked lazy, listless and disinterested most of this season. He does not look happy at all.

            Give me a team of Hoopers, Hodgsons and Honeybadgers any day over the overhyped superstars

            • August 10th 2017 @ 11:11am
              Fionn said | August 10th 2017 @ 11:11am | ! Report

              Agreed, Piru. Number one most important thing for me is that players show passion, regardless of abilities. Hooper, Hodgson and the Honeybadger have that in spades, and certain other “superstars” do not.

              • Roar Rookie

                August 10th 2017 @ 11:29am
                piru said | August 10th 2017 @ 11:29am | ! Report

                I’d rather watch a committed and desperate side go down fighting than a team of slick stars phone in a win

      • August 14th 2017 @ 1:01pm
        Gonzo said | August 14th 2017 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

        Reminds you of Federer?

        Fed is considered the GOAT of Tennis. I’m not sure if that’s an extremely generous comparison for Folau or insulting to Fed.

    • August 10th 2017 @ 9:45am
      Muzzo said | August 10th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

      Dear me, gone cold on Falau??????

      More so, warming to the tasks ahead, would be more appropriate, for Izzy.

    • August 10th 2017 @ 9:48am
      stainlesssteve said | August 10th 2017 @ 9:48am | ! Report

      every time i see him, he’s doing good things

      • August 10th 2017 @ 7:31pm
        Rhys Bosley said | August 10th 2017 @ 7:31pm | ! Report

        It is when you don’t see him that is the problem, i.e. He is always out of position in defence.

    • August 10th 2017 @ 10:04am
      Tooly said | August 10th 2017 @ 10:04am | ! Report

      Folau doesn’t defend well as a fullback I don’t think he understands what’s involved . The old coaching was to keep in line with the ball where ever it went across the Park .
      He is either full on or not on in attack there doesn’t seem to be any in between he is robotic and has no initiative .
      Big deal 6 tries but who were they against ?
      Look at his record against top opposition as we should in selecting all players .
      I would pick him on the wing .
      The other winger Henry Speight he is the only one of Chekko’s Fijian collection who understands his obligations in defence . This is the problem with Kerevi is has become the backs version of Hooper everywhere but where the should be .

      • August 10th 2017 @ 12:04pm
        The Sheriff said | August 10th 2017 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

        Has anyone ever seen him make a try-saving tackle?
        He could have, but if he has I have missed it.
        He was an excellent winger; that is where he should play.

        • Roar Rookie

          August 10th 2017 @ 12:12pm
          piru said | August 10th 2017 @ 12:12pm | ! Report

          I found one online during the World 10s, but that was it.
          He bundled a bloke from the Panasonic Wild Knights into touch as he took a high kick in the corner.

          He’s definitely capable of it, you don’t play in the NRL without knowing how to tackle, he just seems to have no idea where he is supposed to be when play breaks down