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John Folau joins brother Israel at Tahs

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15th December, 2018
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Former Tonga rugby league international John Folau is following his older brother Israel into rugby union and will join him at Super Rugby club NSW Waratahs in 2019.

The 24-year-old switched to union this year and has secured a training spot with the Waratahs following games for the Sydney Rays in the National Rugby Championship.

He played one rugby league Test for Tonga in 2014 and played for NRL club Parramatta in 2015-17 but says eventually playing union at an international level has always been the dream.

“As a kid, one of my childhood memories was sitting around the TV with family and watching the Wallabies play and watching those players represent the country,” Folau said.

Waratahs assistant Chris Whitaker coached Folau at the Rays and said while injury restricted him to only two games, he had shown ability and willingness to learn.

Israel Folau also played rugby league before establishing himself in rugby union and claiming 71 Test caps for the Wallabies since 2013.

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