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Sport Rugby - Folau undecided on Wallabies future ahead of World Cup

15:03  14 march  2018
15:03  14 march  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Cheika to contact Eddie Jones, Tatafu Polota-Nau on Six Nations trip

  Cheika to contact Eddie Jones, Tatafu Polota-Nau on Six Nations trip Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will be seeking out two notable Australians when he heads to the UK to do his homework on Ireland at the Six Nations.Australia host Ireland in June for a three-Test series and the Wallabies coach will be doing his homework on the Joe Schmidt-coached side, who sit atop the table with two rounds to go.

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is undecided on whether he will commit to Michael Cheika's team next year, despite the lure of a second World Cup Physically, my body's in good shape and I feel good and I feel mentally good as well," he said ahead of the Waratahs' Super Rugby clash against the

MELBOURNE - Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is undecided on whether he will commit to Michael Cheika's team next year, despite the lure of a second World Cup appearance in Japan. Folau started his stellar sporting career in Australia's National Rugby League as a 17-year-old for

a man holding a football ball on a field: Rugby Union - Australia vs Scotland© REUTERS/David Gray Rugby Union - Australia vs Scotland Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is undecided on whether he will commit to Michael Cheika's team next year, despite the lure of a second World Cup appearance in Japan.

The dual code international is out of contract at the end of the 2018 season and said he would not rush into a decision on his playing future.

"Look, (the World Cup) is something I enjoyed last time around. But, in saying that, there's plenty of options on the line and, when that time comes, I'll make a decision when I'm ready," Folau told local media on Wednesday.

"There's no rush. I want to make sure everything is set in position and I feel comfortable and I'll come out and make that announcement."

Jones would be on shortlist if Cheika quits after 2019

  Jones would be on shortlist if Cheika quits after 2019 England coach Eddie Jones would be on any shortlist for the Wallabies job if Michael Cheika fails to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, according to Rugby Australia's (RA) high performance manager. Cheika, who guided the Wallabies to the 2015 World Cup final, has already said he would walk away from the role if they do not go one better and win the Webb Ellis trophy in Yokohama next November.While RA have not started preparing for that possibility yet, high performance manager Ben Whitaker said Jones, who coached the Wallabies from 2001-05, would be on any list he was instructed to draw up as a contingency.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is undecided on whether he will commit to Michael Cheika’s team next year, despite the lure of a second World Cup appearance in Japan. The dual code international is out of contract at the end of the 2018 season and said he would not rush

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau . Picture: @qantaswallabies/Twitter. Rugby World Cup . MELBOURNE - Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is undecided on whether he will commit to Michael Cheika’s team next year, despite the lure of a second World Cup appearance in Japan.

The loss of the explosive 28-year-old, who made his name in rugby league, would be a blow for Australia's hopes of winning a third World Cup, four years after reaching the final in England.

It would also be a huge setback for governing body Rugby Australia, which has worked hard to retain its highest profile player in the 15-man code since 2013.

Folau started his stellar sporting career in Australia's National Rugby League as a 17-year-old for Melbourne Storm and became the country's youngest international in the 13-man game at 18 when he debuted for the Kangaroos in the same year.

Beale cleared for Tahs Super Rugby game

  Beale cleared for Tahs Super Rugby game Wallabies' back Kurtley Beale has recovered from a rib injury and been passed fit to play for the NSW Waratahs in their Super Rugby clash with the Jaguares.Beale, who injured a rib against the Sharks last week, has come through contact work at a fitness test.

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Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is undecided on whether he will commit to Michael Cheika's team next year, despite the lure of a second World Cup appearance in Japan.

His comments are likely to fan speculation that he is set for a return to NRL but the Wallabies back would also generate huge interest from cashed-up rugby union clubs in Europe and Japan.

The 62-test back told local media last year that he missed playing in the NRL's annual 'State of Origin' series between Queensland and New South Wales and that a return to league was a case of 'never say never'.

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is undecided on whether he will commit to Michael Cheika's team next year, despite the lure of a second World Cup appearance in Japan.© AAP Image/David Moir Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is undecided on whether he will commit to Michael Cheika's team next year, despite the lure of a second World Cup appearance in Japan. Folau scored 12 tries for the Wallabies last year despite being rested for the season-ending tour of the northern hemisphere and was awarded an unprecedented third John Eales medal as the country's top rugby union player.

The New South Wales Waratah said he was looking to improve on his stellar 2017.

"I feel really good. Physically, my body's in good shape and I feel good and I feel mentally good as well," he said ahead of the Waratahs' Super Rugby clash against the Melbourne Rebels on Sunday.

"I just feel like I'm happy with parts of my game but certainly I'm never satisfied fully. I'm always wanting to get better."

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by John O'Brien)

ACT Brumbies and Wallabies back Kyle Godwin signs deal to join Connacht in Ireland .
Australian rugby is set to lose another young star, who has been poached by an overseas club.European rugby has poached another Wallabies star on the rise with ACT Brumbies back Kyle Godwin to join Irish club Connacht at the end of the Super Rugby season.

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